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Gaskell's House to get 2.5 million point restoration

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Gaskell's House to get 2.5 million point restoration

Post by diamondlil » Tue November 18th, 2008, 10:27 am

WORK will begin early next year on the £2.5m restoration of one of English literature's most significant landmarks.

Number 84 Plymouth Grove in Ardwick is the house where Elizabeth Gaskell wrote many of her novels, including Cranford and Wives and Daughters.

Historians have been working and fundraising for the last decade to preserve the house and Manchester council has granted planning permission for the work to begin.

Janet Allan, chairman of the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust, which now owns the house, said: "It still has its original features, including ceiling cornices, doors and windows.

"It is a beautiful building and among the homes of women writers, only the houses of the Brontë sisters and Jane Austen rival Plymouth Grove in importance."


The first phase of work, costing £700,000, will include a new roof and set of drains, but there will also be a dramatic change to the exterior, with the removal of the distinctive pink paint.

Janet said: "We are not entirely sure what the original colour was, but we know it wasn't pink and we are commissioning a paint historian to investigate."

The Grade II* listed building is one of the few examples of Regency architecture in the city. It has grand drawing and dining rooms, seven bedrooms and a coach house wing.

'Mrs Gaskell' and her husband William, minister at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Manchester, lived there between 1850 and 1865, although the house remained in her family until 1913.

The house has important literary associations, not only because of her work, but also because of visits from other famous authors of the era, including Charles Dickens and Charlotte Brontë.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Tue November 18th, 2008, 12:25 pm

That's great to hear!
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