84. Plymouth Grove Manchester.
Famous Victorian Author Elizabeth Gaskell's house, now in inner city Manchester, has benefited from a Heritage Lottery grant and been restored from an empty Victorian shell to a magnificently restored master piece. When it was built the house was on the outskirts of Manchester and almost semi-rural. The restoration team wanted the house to have a feel of a family home rather than a museum and it certainly has that charm as we discovered on a guided tour today. The Gaskells were endless letter writers and the artefacts and letters they have left behind have given a valuable insight into how the house would have been and how it should be restored. And they have done a superb job too. The rooms have been carefully researched and restored according to the fabrics and possible patterns of the day.
The tour guide today was Anne and she was excellent guide, paced, knowledgeable and patient.
This weekend is Heritage Weekend in UK where several attractions are free to Now with the help of the grant the house is a beautifully, sensitively restored tribute to a remarkable Victorian female writer.