For spinsters Deborah Jenkyns, the arbiter of correctness in Cranford and Matty, her demurring sister, the town is a hub of intrigue - a handsome new doctor Frank Harrison from London has arrived; a retired Captain and his daughters have moved into a house opposite and the preparations for Lady Ludlow's garden party are underway. Everyone - from charming rogue Dr Marshland to mean Mrs Jamieson and her lap dog - talks and is talked about behind closed door.
The town also has its secrets which it slowly reveals: Matty's encounter with an old flame at the garden party; Lady Ludlow's land agent Mr Carter teaching a gypsy lad to read and write; the wild expectations of the May Day celebrations and - news that shakes the town when it is revealed - a railway line from Manchester is coming to Cranford.
I am a big fan of Cranford. I love Miss Matty, Miss Deborah and Miss Pole, she is very funny! A gentle story with a mixture of happiness and tragedy. It has wonderful scenery and costumes. Cranford is a wonderful escape to a world of elegance and manners. Enjoy! :) xx