The Lewis Carroll Centre
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The All Saints Lewis Carroll Centre at Daresbury a key focal point on the 'Carroll Trail', celebrates the village’s most famous son, the creator of Alice and all her adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. It also features displays covering the Victorian childrens author's many interests and how his Daresbury childhood influenced the man he became.
Carroll (27 January 1832 - 14 January 1898), was born in the Old Parsonage at Daresbury. He was the son of the Rector of All Saint's Church in the village and his real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
Constructed in local sandstone and semi-circular in shape, the centre has tall, elegant windows. Graphic panels explore the family background and life of Lewis Carroll and space is provided for schools and interest groups to meet and work. Over the door hangs the mission bell that used to call the canal folk to Revd Dodgson’s floating chapel at Preston Brook. Audio programs include readings from Lewis Carroll's works by the famous performers Ken Dodd and Dillie Keane and guided tours of the church where Lewis Carroll’s father was vicar are available. Free entry to both the Centre & the Church.
Lewis Carroll Centenary Wood owned by the Woodland Trust, was planted in early 2000 to commemorate the centenary of the death of Lewis Carroll , situated adjacent to the site of his birthplace, Daresbury Parsonage, now owned by the National Trust.