Our visit coincided with the sale of secondhand books which takes place every other Sunday, so there was lots to see & do. All the volunteers really know their stuff,... read more and I felt I learned a lot.
Visited as part of a Literary England tour. As a literary landmark, the House is somewhat of a bust, as it has very few furnishings or writings that belonged... read more to the Gaskells. However it is a wonderfully restored Regency suburban tract house, built for the pleasure of the well-to-do, but not aristocratic client. It does give a good feeling of Gaskell's perspective when writing her novels that dealt with cities rather than small towns.
For this visitor, the highlight was the gardens that have been reconstructed with plants that were common when Gaskell was in residence (1850-1865) or which are mentioned in her writing.
My daughter and I visited the house on Sunday. The rooms are nicely laid out with period pieces and the volunteers were so helpful and knowledgeable. There is an excellent... read more interactive map which points out places of interest known to the Gaskell family. The garden...More