Alice & The Stained Glass Window

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Whilst in Cheshire we had to pay a visit to All Saints’ Church in Daresbury and see the Lewis Carroll memorial window. Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) lived in the village until he was 11, his father was the vicar there for 16 years, and on the centenary of Carroll’s birth admirers of his work from across the globe created a memorial fund and gave the gift of this incredible window to All Saints’. The window was designed by Geoffrey Webb and dedicated in 1935.

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Beneath the Nativity scene are five panels illustrated with characters and scenes from Alice in Wonderland. It’s really bizarre, and beautiful.

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It seems kind of weird to me that the dormouse is sleeping in the teapot under the baby Jesus’ manger! I like it. It’s an unusual juxtaposition. I’m sure it says something about good storytelling, and good books.

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All Saints’ is a really lovely church, not just for the Lewis Carroll Centre, or the amazing window, but also for it’s feeling of being a real centre of the village community. There are many pretty windows to see and lovely bluebells in the graveyard at this time of year.

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All Saint’s Church is in Daresbury, five miles south of Warrington, Cheshire.

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