Gaskell House Blogs

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Our blog post cover everything that happens at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House from the stories discovered about objects and furnishings, to family connections and past residents. You can read about the garden and the plants we grow as well as the volunteering experience we offer to our brilliant team. The majority of the posts are written by volunteers.


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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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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