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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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A Salford Unitarian Family

One of our volunteers has just discovered a family connection to William Gaskell! It might not be a cafe in Paris, but if we sit in the tea room at the House long enough we might all find we’re connected to the...

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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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