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Friends Event: A Visit to Tabley Old Hall: an Online talk by Sarah Webb

Saturday 22nd May at 4pm

Join us for a journey back in time to around 1910, just sixty years after Elizabeth Gaskell and her family moved into Plymouth Grove. Tabley is not far from Knutsford and we know, from her letters, that Elizabeth spent many happy hours of her childhood there, with her cousins and friends.

Using old photographs, maps, engravings and magic lantern slides, Sarah takes us down from the main Georgian Tabley House over to the island where Tabley Old Hall sat. The script is slightly whimsical, with strict rules which we must obey, from the then owner, the fearsome Lady Leighton Warren!
We explore the whole house, upstairs and downstairs and even the kitchen ….and there’s a shivery ghost story to share. The talk ends with images of the now ruined Old Hall, which Elizabeth used in some of her writing. Come along and see where!

Sarah is a trustee of the Tabley House Collection, a Friend of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, and a member of the Gaskell Society. She regularly gives talks to local history societies.

This is a fundraising event organised by The Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. The event is open to all.

Tickets are £5.50
To book follow the link, you will be sent the Zoom link before the talk.

22nd May 2021

4pm - 5pm

We've got a house...it certainly is a beauty...I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can.’

Elizabeth Gaskell, in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850.