As to exactly where it is, well, Mrs Gaskell lived for many years in Knutsford, and it may be that some of her Cranford stories are borrowed from her experiences there.
If they are, then good grief Knutsford is well named.
An old lady had an Alderney cow, which she looked upon as a daughter.
As an opening to a story, I'm not sure anything could be better. You can find the whole tale HERE. It starts on page six.
Illustration by Hugh Thomson.
And by the end of the story, the Alderney cow was jolly well worth looking at, too.
Word To Use Today: daughter. This word comes from the Old English dohtor and goes right back to the Sanskrit duhitá.