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The Secret Life of Edward Higgins: The Squire’s Story

The Squire’s Story was published in the Extra Christmas Number of Dickens’ Household Words in December 1853. After looking at some interesting Welsh locations in The Well of Penmorfa and The Doom of the Griffiths Elizabeth returns to her childhood home in...

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Blue Skies

The house and garden continue to be closed to the public, though people walking past can at least see the garden. Happily two of the gardening team live close enough for some occasional gardening to form part of their lock-down exercise. So...

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The Old Nurse’s Story- Superstition and Story

Superstition The Old Nurse’s Story can be found in collections of Gothic stories, ghost stories and tales of the macabre, and is one of only two of Elizabeth Gaskell’s stories to include an actual ghost. It might seem odd that Elizabeth Gaskell,...

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The Grey Woman

The Grey Woman is a short story by Elizabeth Gaskell in the Tales of Mystery and the Macabre collection. It was first published in January 1861 in volume IV of Charles Dickens’ All the Year Round. This is an edited version of...

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Listen to The Old Nurse’s Story

Listen to a dramatized reading recorded live from the Drawing Room at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on Sunday 2 February 2020. https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/the-old-nurses-story-dramatized-reading/ Organised, read and performed by Elizabeth Gaskell’s House volunteers: Scripted and directed by Diane DuffyDiana Ashcroft – Miss Grace FurnivalChris Bamber...

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