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The Brontës: 1851

Elizabeth and Reverend William Gaskell, and their four daughters lived at 84 Plymouth Grove in Manchester, a large house surrounded by garden and situated away from the smoke of the industrial city. Charlotte Brontë stayed with them from 27 to 30 June 1851, 22 to 28 April 1853, and 1 to 4 May 1854.

Charlotte had equated manufacturing Manchester with unpatriotic commercialism in Shirley, but she knew of the city's active cultural life. This awareness was later enhanced by her contacts with the Gaskells.

Site of Elizabeth Gaskell's home, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester [16 April 1983]

Oxford Street, Manchester [20 June 1992]

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