Thursday, 6 August 2015



We're back in Guildford again today, following up the connection between the town and Alice in Wonderland.

No doubt you have already heard that it is 150 years this year since Lewis Carroll, real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, wrote the children's classic Alice in Wonderland.

After his father's death in 1868, Charles Dodgson, aged 36 and by then a clergyman, came to Guildford  hunting for a  house for his six unmarried sisters.  They moved into The Chestnuts close to the Castle where he often visited them and even wrote Alice Through the Looking Glass there.  He spent the last year of his life at The Chestnuts and is buried at The Mount cemetry nearby.

To mark the Lewis Carroll connection with Guildford, Edwin Russell created a sculpture of Alice and the White Rabbit in 1984.

This year, the Council has created a couple of special commemorative flower beds in the Castle grounds.

Hidden in Castle grounds there is also a sculpture by Jeanne Argent of Alice Through the Looking Glass, not far from the house where he spent so much time.

If I had stood on the other side of the glass and followed Alice's gaze, you would be looking at the Castle. Curiouser and curiouser!

Bye for now!


  1. I don't know Guildford at all so it has been wonderful to see it through your photos. I love the sculptures of Alice and the white rabbit and I love the grinning Cheshire cat too:)

    1. I seem to find more and more to see each time I go. x