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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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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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It’s 1851 – Cranford year for Gaskell fans!

On 13 December 1851. Our Society at Cranford is published in Charles Dickens magazine Household Words. The story begins the series which will later be collected as Cranford. Find out more in our new exhibition! The Gaskell family has been living at...

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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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Sir Squirrel Knutsford

As he curled round himself in his drey in the roof of a warm block of flats on Plymouth Grove, Squirrel Knutsford felt he lived a good life. Outside it was cold and snow still lay on the ground. But in his...

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