New house tea and a free cuppa to all visitors
21st July 2017
Visitors to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House will now be able to take home a tasty reminder of their visit, with the launch of the new Elizabeth Gaskell’s House blend of loose leaf tea.
Produced by Manchester based loose leaf tea specialist Parched Tea, this new blend is inspired by Victorian Manchester and Elizabeth herself, this tea combines delicate & mellow notes with a caramel & zesty smoothness. The aroma is intense & fresh, the leaf beautifully twisted & wiry.
House Manager of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Sally Jastrzebski-Lloyd said: “Drinking tea is a common feature throughout all Gaskell’s novels, unifying the social classes in a symbol of home and family, so it seems very appropriate that the House should have its own blend of tea.”
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is inviting all visitors on Thursday 3 August (11-4pm) to enjoy a free cup of the new house blend tea as part of their visit. As always, all refreshments at the house are served on vintage china cups, saucers and plates in the Tea Room.
Notes to editors
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810-65) was born in London and brought up in Knutsford, Cheshire. In 1832 Elizabeth married William Gaskell, who was assistant minister at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in Manchester and later lived at 84 Plymouth Grove with her family from 1850 until her death in 1865. The two unmarried Gaskell daughters, Meta and Julia, lived in the house until Meta’s death in 1913.
The House is a Grade II* listed property, was built around 1835-1841 and is a rare surviving example of a suburban villa. It was designed in the fashionable Greek Revival style, probably by Richard Lane, a prominent local architect.
The Manchester Historic Buildings Trust was established in 1998 with the primary aim of saving Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. The restoration was made possible by the support and funding from The Bowland Charitable Trust, Cross Street Chapel, English Heritage, The Foyle Foundation, The Gaskell Society, J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Manchester City Council, Oglesby Charitable Trust, The Pilgrim Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, and The Wolfson Foundation.
Contact and Visiting Details
Opening times: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11.00am-4.30pm (last admission 4pm)
Ticket prices: £5, Concessions £4 Tickets valid for re-entry for 12 months
Tours on other days by special arrangement from £10 pp including refreshments.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is also available for room hire and special events.
Please contact the Manager, Sally Jastrzebski-Lloyd to discuss your requirements.
For further press enquiries, images and interviews, please contact Sally Jastrzebski-Lloyd on 0161 273 2215 firstname.lastname@example.org