The Amazing World of Alice in Wonderland

1832

On January 27th, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (‘Lewis Carroll’) was born in Daresbury, Cheshire. Carroll’s father was perpetual curate at the church, and the family lived in Daresbury Parsonage, in such isolation that ‘even the passing of a cart was a matter of great interest.’

Small oil painting of a dog, signed Micheal [sic] Angelo Lowther 1821 (SHC ref DFC/A/1/5; courtesy of the Dodgson Executors)

Small oil painting of a dog, signed Micheal [sic] Angelo Lowther 1821 (SHC ref DFC/A/1/5; courtesy of the Dodgson Executors)

The image above is of a small oil painting of a dog, signed Micheal [sic] Angelo Lowther 1821, and endorsed ‘Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Given to him August 1836 by Ruth Middlebrook who lived many years as Housemaid in his Mama’s family’

Carroll himself wrote fondly of his birthplace:

‘An island-farm – broad seas of corn
Stirred by the wandering breath of morn –
The happy spot where I was born.’

The parsonage itself ceased to be used in October 1883, and burned down a few years later, but the site is now a shrine — originally cared for by the Lewis Carroll Birthplace Trust, and now handed over to the National Trust. All Saints Church, in the centre of the village, still features stained glass windows that commemorate Lewis Carroll and his most famous creations, and a ‘Lewis Carroll Centre’ was opened in 2012.

Cutting from <em>The Daily Telegraph and Morning Post</em> regarding the Lewis Carroll memorial windows in Daresbury, 1962<br />  (SHC ref DFC/49/19a)

Cutting from The Daily Telegraph and Morning Post regarding the Lewis Carroll memorial windows in Daresbury, 1962
(SHC ref DFC/49/19a)

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Cutting from The Daily Telegraph and Morning Post regarding the Lewis Carroll memorial windows in Daresbury, 1962 (SHC ref DFC/49/19a). The Daniell Chapel at All Saints Church, Daresbury, Cheshire, contains the Lewis Carroll memorial window, which celebrates the centenary of his birth. Carroll fans from all over the world paid for the stained glass to be commissioned from designer Geoffrey Webb and they were erected in 1935. Carroll himself appears in the design along characters from Alice. Click here http://daresburycofe.org.uk/tourism/alice-window/ to discover more about the windows.

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