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Sarah Losh and the church at Wreay

On a week’s holiday in Northern Cumbria recently, I was able to visit the little village of Wreay  (pronounced to rhyme with near) just south of Carlisle and within earshot of the M6. Sitting at the heart of a tiny village is...

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Beatrix Potter – some Manchester influences

I hope you'll allow me to claim Beatrix Potter as, in part, a Manchester writer! If she lived for the first forty years of her life in London, when she stayed with her grandparents she often came to Greater Manchester, and she...

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The Timeline Series – it’s 1854!

On September 2, the first part of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South is serialised in Household Words. It's an important year in Gaskell world... And what about the family? They have been living in their lovely Plymouth Grove house for four years...

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A Message from Dame Judi Dench

PRESS RELEASE                                                     A love affair with Cranford Patron of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Dame Judi Dench, has shared memories of her appearance in the BBC adaption of Cranford creating a delightful introduction to the literacy house’s exhibition A Love Affair with Cranford.  The...

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That Pretty Libertine of the Hedges

I am not able to get to the garden at present, but my fellow gardeners have been sending me photos of the plants as they flower, and I have greatly welcomed these. A photo of one particular plant in flower, a dog-rose....

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