Given the current Covid-19 outbreak, our committee has taken the decision to cancel or postpone our events until further notice. At time of writing, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House has closed its doors until a planned review in July. All events listed are subject to change or cancellation.

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Peak District Tour, with Elizabeth Gaskell & Florence Nightingale connections – CANCELLED

20 May

As part of the tour, we are promised a privileged tour of Lea Hurst, where Florence Nightingale grew up and where Elizabeth Gaskell wrote part of the novel North and South in October 1854. The novel was being serialised in Dickens’s journal Household Words. Lea Hurst was the summer home of William Nightingale and his family. Several letters, describing Gaskell’s precise location in the house and the visits she made whilst staying there, were also written, including those to Marianne, Anne Gaskell  and Parthenope Nightingale.

Pick up at: Manchester Chorlton Street Bus Station 9.15am

Knutsford Bus Station 10.00am

Macclesfield Queens Hotel 10.45am


For further information please ">contact Mrs Pam Griffiths as soon as possible –  01565 651761


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