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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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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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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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Tea at Cranford-Part 3

Tea in Bright Green Canisters, and Comfits in Tumblers. Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe: Purveyor of the Finest Confectionery, is a rapidly growing ‘family of shops’ selling old fashioned humbugs, lollipops and other traditional sweets in large screw topped bottles. Their popularity...

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Our Daily Bread: tea – time at Cranford part 2

Following on from my last blog ‘Tea at Cranford’, I will now consider the dangers which may have been lurking in those dainty sandwiches, ‘cut to the imaginary pattern of excellence that existed in Miss Matty’s mind, as being the way which...

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