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Events : Wives and Daughters: An exciting events programme for you in 2024

'Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.' Wives and Daughters was Elizabeth Gaskell's last, and unfinished, novel. It has been called ‘the most underrated novel in English’. The story centers on young Molly’s response to her father’s new marriage and its impact on those around her. Set in a small English country town, the book is a literary masterpiece. Its wit and charm are often compared to writers like Jane

blogsNnews : Summer at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Rain or shine, indoor or outdoor, we have a summer of trails and games for all the family when you visit Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. The perfect day out for all ages. Enjoy some family time to relax and unwind Take some time to relax in the beautiful Victorian garden of one of our greatest novelists. Spend some time with the kids to explore our historic garden on the garden trail by scanning the QR codes to learn fun facts, play

blog : A Complicated Friendship

Both Elizabeth Gaskell and Charles Dickens have each provided us with timeless pieces of literature, which are only gaining more and more in popularity as time goes on. Elizabeth and Charles have both become household names, and their works are embedded in British literary culture. Novels such as North and South (1854-55), or Great Expectations (1861), no longer just form part of a compulsory school reading list, but they are enjoyed and celebrated widely. Their adaptations into TV

blog : Elizabeth Gaskell’s Home in Hampshire, Part 2 – The Lawn, Holybourne

…in a very pretty garden Historic England describes The Lawn as an early nineteenth-century, two storey building. In 1829 it was occupied by William Barlow who owned several properties in Holybourne. Ten years later, William Barlow was dead, and in 1852 The Lawn, a freehold property numbered 119, London Road, became the residence of George Walpole White. It was from George White that Elizabeth Gaskell bought the house in 1865.  Elizabeth describes it as “large- (not quite so