I have recently added an article about Sandlebridge’s connections to the novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. This can be found on the History Tab.
Mrs Gaskell, (1810 – 1865) who is famous for such literary works such as Cranford, Wives and Daughters and North and South, lived with her aunt as a child, after the sudden death of her mother, at her house named Heathwaite, in Knutsford.
What is perhaps not as well known is that she spent numerous holidays at her grandfather Samuel Holland’s House at Sandlebridge, and the building features in her letters and later novels.
I have collected some photographs of the farmhouse, which would have been quite a large imposing building, but nevertheless a source of lovely memories for the young novelist.
The building was demolished in the 1960’s , a great loss to the community.
The excellent Elizabeth Gaskell Society hold talks every first Tuesday of the month at Cross Street Chapel in Manchester, and also on the last Wednesday of the month at St John’s Church Parish Rooms in Knutsford.
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