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Tatton celebrates Cranford author Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Gaskell
An exhibition about author Elizabeth Gaskell is on at Tatton Park.

An exhibition which celebrates 'Cranford' author Elizabeth Gaskell is on display in the mansion at Tatton Park in mid-Cheshire.

The exhibition, entitled Elizabeth Gaskell's Cheshire, examines the literary and personal connections between the author and the local area.

It is just one of a number of events taking place to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Mrs Gaskell this month.

The BBC's adaptation of Cranford proved one of its most loved drama series.

Local connections

Tatton's exhibition focuses on the connections between Gaskell, her work and the local surrounding areas of Knutsford, Tatton Park, Dunham, Styal, Sandlebridge, Lower Peover, Tabley and Capesthorne.

'Cranford' was based in the localities of Knutsford, Tatton Park, and Dunham.

Her literary legacy lives on to this day and has been made even more popular by recent filming of her work, such as the BBC's adaptation of Cranford.
Lynn Podmore, Tatton Park

Most of Mrs Gaskell's childhood was spent in Knutsford, drawing inspiration, for 'Cranford' in particular, from the characters, events and local gossip of the pretty market town.

It runs until Sunday 31 October, 2010. The exhibition will again be open to Mansion Christmas visitors during December.

Other Elizabeth Gaskell Bicentenary Events near Tatton

Among the hundreds of celebratory events, Tatton is contributing to another three.

Sunday 3rd October: Brook Street Chapel: Service commemorating the 200th anniversary of Gaskell's birth.

Wednesday 6th October: Talk and Tour - Elizabeth Gaskell's Cheshire. At Tatton Park.
A talk by Joan Leach, MBE exploring Gaskell's links with Knutsford. Followed by tour of the Mansion.

Friday 8th October: Elizabeth Gaskell and the 19th Century Novel
At Tatton Park. Discover the secrets of Mrs Gaskell's world and literary works, and learn about surviving Gaskell archive material from the John Rylands Library Collection.

The life of Elizabeth Gaskell

Born in Chelsea on 29 September 1810, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (née Stevenson), moved to Knutsford in infancy after the death of her mother.

She lived with her aunt Hannah Lumb, in a large red-brick house overlooking Knutsford Heath.

Wife of a minister

Later she moved to Manchester, where she wrote most of her work, and where she married William Gaskell, the assistant minister of Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in Manchester.

She is known primarily today for her novel Cranford and her biography of her friend and contemporary, Charlotte Brontë.

Other works included the novels Mary Barton and North and South which explored complex social issues and the lives of industrial workers in northern Victorian England.

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