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This is the house where Lewis Carroll met the real-life Alice and stared into the looking glass that transported his much-loved character into another world.
And all of it, including the famous mirror that the adventurous child walked through in the second volume of the author’s much-loved series of novels, could be yours for £1million.
The three-storey, five bedroom house in Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire, a suburb of Cheltenham, was home to Alice Liddell and was where Carroll - whose real name was Rev Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - stayed for four days in the 1860s.
The house still features the giant, ornately framed mirror that is said to have inspired the idea behind the second volume of his stories, Through The Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.
The property, last sold in 1981, was built for the Liddell family in 1862 and the daughters of Henry Liddell, the dean of Christ Church College in Oxford, were sent to live there when their mother was expecting her fourth child.
The girls, Alice, Lorina and Edith, stayed with their grandparents, governess and two maiden aunts, and while there received a visit from their father’s close friend - Lewis Carroll.
The house’s grand mirror, which at the time was in the drawing room of the house, is 6ft by 5ft in size, and the gilded frame features interwoven branches, foliage, birds dogs and other figures.
It is now placed on the upstairs landing.
In the book Alice climbs up onto the fireplace in her home and after pressing against it she finds she can walk through it.
Behind the looking glass is a reflected version of her own house where she find Jabberwocky - the reverse book of poetry that can only be read with the help of the mirror.
In the real-life house, along with the mirror, the buyer will also get a large drawing room with doors to the garden, a study next door, a kitchen/breakfast room and a large dining room.
The private garden is walled and had a large flat lawn surrounded by grand borders. It also has a greenhouse and a small vegetable patch.
The house is marketed with property website Zoopla.
Lewis Carroll’s books made him one of the world’s most famous authors, and his classic tales have been loved by generations of children the world over.
But before his death he revealed he wished he had never written his popular Alice books, because he despised the fame their success brought.
The famously private author, whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, developed an ‘intense hate’ of being recognised by strangers.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, depicting the journey of a young girl through a fantasy world, was published under the pen name Lewis Carroll in 1865 by Macmillan and Co.
The phenomenal success of the stories was followed in 1871 by his sequel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
Even Queen Victoria wrote personally to the author saying how much she enjoyed his work.
Carroll died shortly before his 66th birthday in 1898 from pneumonia.
By the time of his death, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland had become the most popular children’s book in England. By 1932, it was one of the most popular in the world.
Dodgson was notoriously shy and often refused to sign autographs. In the later stages of his career, he would send collectors who contacted him about his work a printed note denying any connection with Lewis Carroll.
Her father was Dean of Christ Church college and Dodgson was a close friend of the family until there was a mysterious cooling of relations in 1863, when she was 11.
In 2008, another letter from Dodgson came to light in which the lifelong bachelor appeared to address speculation about whether he was a paedophile.
Following his death pages from his diaries were censored or destroyed, and none of his ten siblings ever spoke about him to outsiders.
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