Elizabeth Gaskell

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Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth was an English novelist, her novels often portrayed the lives of Victorian society. Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in 1848 and some of her best novels include Cranford, North and South and Wives and Daughters. Shortly after being married Gaskell moved to Manchester, the industrialisation of Manchester influenced some of her writing. 

Elizabeth Gaskell house villa 84 Plymouth Grove Manchester

84 Plymouth Grove

84 Plymouth Grove

In 1850 Elizabeth and her family moved to 84 Plymouth Grove, that is now a grade II listed neoclassical villa in Manchester, it was the residence of Elizabeth and her husband up until their deaths, there family continued to live there until one of the Gaskell’s children died. The houses style of architecture is different for Manchester, and when the house was granted listed status it was partly due to the fact the Gaskell’s lived there.

Elizabeth Gaskell house villa 84 Plymouth Grove Manchester

Blue Plaque Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Grade II* listed neoclassical villa

The Manchester Historical Building Society started restoration in 2009 and by 2011 the exterior of the building, which put it back to a similar way that the Gaskell family left it, but in May the lead roofing was stolen that caused extensive damage to the building. Finally, October 2014 it was reopened to the public.

Elizabeth Gaskell house villa 84 Plymouth Grove Manchester

The study at 84 Plymouth Grove

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