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Was Charles Dickens a Unitarian?

Looking at one or two Unitarian websites for an entirely different purpose, I came across a quiz of famous Unitarian faces. I was surprised to find there, not Elizabeth Gaskell's face, but that of Charles Dickens. Until now, I don't think I...

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In Memory of Julia Gaskell-Some Questions Answered

After her sister’s sudden death in October 1908, only eight days after sending her love and sympathy to Charles Eliot Norton in Massachusetts, Meta writes: She was a ‘creature of delight’, so beautiful and sweet and outwardly,  and within extraorinarily good and...

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Frances Hodgson Burnett – back in Manchester!

We have been incredibly lucky at the House that Ann Thwaite, the biographer of Frances Hodgson Burnett, has donated her collection of FHB books to us. Do watch this space and follow our plans for celebrating such an amazing donation! I wrote...

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And the year is 1857!

1857 is the year Gaskell's biography The Life of Charlotte Bronte was published. On 7 February, Gaskell writes to Laetitia Wheelwright: I have today finished my Life of Miss Bronte; and next week we set out for Rome. Interesting to note here...

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Going Green with the Gaskells

Elizabeth Gaskell's House currently holds a Silver award for Green Tourism - we're striving for Gold -  and we're rightly  proud of our policy on sustainability (read our full policy here). We are always looking for ways to reduce energy usage and...

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