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Literary detectives and Cranford

Over the last few months, a team of our lovely volunteers has been cataloguing all the books we have in the House, and particularly those in William's study. Now this rather huge job is done, they have been identifying the gaps in...

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s February reading list

In February 1855, Elizabeth Gaskell was in Paris with Meta, and staying with her friend Mary Mohl. It wasn't only a social visit - she writes to Marianne 'Monday I had to go to Mme Scheffer's to see her about business (;)...

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Hopeless Romantic

As a wedding coordinator, you might expect me to be a hopeless romantic, and you’d be exactly right! I love all things wedding, I’m captivated by a good love story and I love nothing more than listening to how couples met and...

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s House: the Final Chapter

Meta and Julia Gaskell purchased 84 Plymouth Grove, sixteen years after their father’s death [see my previous blog] and remained there until their  own deaths Julia in 1908 and Meta in 1913. Marianne, Elizabeth’s eldest daughter was still alive at this point and...

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Needle in a Haystack?

An intriguing entry in the Sale Catalogue of items auctioned from Elizabeth Gaskell’s House back in 1914 says  “Presentation Copy from Rev W. Gaskell to Mrs Gaskell, 22nd Nov. 1852”. This inscription was inside an edition of Alfred Tennyson’s Ode on the...

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