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Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

3 March, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

£5 – £6

Patrick & Charlotte Brontë’s Manchester

A talk by Susan Dunne, of the Gaskell Society

In the late summer of 1847, Charlotte & Patrick Brontë came to Manchester in the hope that an eye operation would save Patrick’s failing sight. Although the stay was brief, their experience in Manchester would transform the lives of the Brontës forever. It was here, living in an obscure street in Hulme just half a mile away from Elizabeth Gaskell, that Charlotte began to write the literary sensation of the decade – Jane Eyre.

This talk will explore the Brontes’ experience in Manchester and will go on to consider whether Manchester had any discernible influences on Jane Eyre.

Doors open at 1pm – tea/coffee available to purchase, and there is room for the audience to eat their own sandwiches before the talk begins at 1.30pm.

Members : £5     Non members: £6
All are welcome


3 March
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
£5 – £6
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Cross Street Chapel
Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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The Gaskell Society

As you’ll appreciate, arrangements can change, so please be sure to check details before you leave home.