The house where Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll used to live has gone on the market in Ripon. The Old Hall, next door to Ripon Cathedral, was home to Carroll and his family in the 1850s and a blue plaque on the wall confirms its claim to literary fame.
The house became ‘home’ for 13 weeks at the beginning of every year from 1852 to 1858 when Carroll’s father, the Rev Charles Dodgson, left his parish at Croft, near Richmond, to do his stint as a residentiary canon at Ripon Cathedral.
The author is believed to have found inspiration for his most famous story of all – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – from his time in Ripon, with possible influences including the medieval misericord carvings in the cathedral.
The grade two listed property, built in the early-17th century and enlarged in 1738, was most recently the home of Bill and Jean Emmerson. Mr Emmerson died last year and the property is being sold by the executors of his estate.
The asking price for this piece of literary history is £750,000.
Lewis Carroll is well known throughout the world as the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Behind the famous pseudonym was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a mathematical lecturer at Oxford University with remarkably diverse talents.