The Gaskell Society
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On Thursday, 5 October, 2014, after a £2.5M restoration, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House was reopened by Sarah Prince, the great-great-great granddaughter of Elizabeth and William Gaskell. It has spectacular period rooms, a garden and a tea room for visitors to enjoy. This beautifully restored home is now open to the public every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm last entry 4.30pm.

Admission: £4 95 Concessions (students and senior citizens) £3 95
Children under 16 free (must be accompanied by an adult)
See website for more details
The house will be closed for the Christmas holiday period from Sunday 21st December (inclusive) and will will reopen on Sunday 4th January 2015

Elizabeth Gaskell's House,
84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LW
In the North West of England, outside the Lake District, 84 Plymouth Grove is a building of literary significance second only to the Brontë Parsonage at Haworth; it is therefore of international, national and local importance. It is one of very few Regency-style Villas left in Manchester, and has many original features and beautiful public rooms.

Importance of the Building
84 Plymouth Grove is a Grade II* detached Regency-style Villa built in the 1830’s. It is a rare survival of its type, being complete in nearly all its internal features in the main rooms and with an exterior which has been little changed. As a grade II* it is among the top 7% of buildings in this country. Architecturally it has a special significance to Manchester as it is one of the few surviving houses of its type in the area.

Importance of its Literary Associations
As the home of Elizabeth Gaskell the novelist from 1850-65, and of her family unti1 1913, the house has very important literary associations, not only with her own work (most of which was written during that period), but because of the other writers who visited her there, including Charles Dickens and Charlotte Brontë.

The House Today and in the Future
The main reception rooms are now fully restored to the way they were when the Gaskell family lived there. Upstairs one of the bedrooms is used as an exhibition room, another is a room for lectures and other events, and the remaining rooms may be let as office space. The basement houses a tearoom in the old kitchen and a further, which was the Servants' Hall, can be used as a meeting room or for lectures and other events.

Manchester Historic Buildings Trust
Manchester Historic Buildings Trust, through partnerships with others, has worked on the restoration of the building which will act as a flagship for the regeneration of a socially disadvantaged area, encourage the study of Elizabeth Gaskell's works and of Victorian Manchester, and have an economically viable future.

Now that the house is open three days a week volunteers are needed to help in the tearoom, talk to visitors in the period rooms and help with many other behind the scenes tasks. If you are interested, please contact the house: phone  0161 273 2215 or email

For further information about the house and to find out about forthcoming events there, check out the webpage:

Company Number 3578992
Charity Number 1080606

Chairman: Janet Allan
10 Dale Road, New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire SK22 4NW
Telephone/fax 01663 742809

To be announced

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Gaskell House
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The Drawing Room 1897
The house 1913
84 Plymouth Grove 1959