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It is thought that one of the grotesques on Winchcombe church is the Mad Hatter. Hatta as he is known in Through the looking glass- its the Cheshire cat that calls him mad. When Charles lived up north the town of Stockport was well known for making hats. Hatters at the time used mercury in the process and many became confused and muddled, later dying from the mercury poisoning.
Other possible characters are found in old carvings in churches such as the standing rabbit on one side of an arch in St Marys Church, North Bar, Within Beverley, it even holds a messenger bag ! We do have a carving of a rabbit above a doorway of of a house just up the road from the Church.
There is a carving of a cat 16th cetury on a wall in St Wilfred's Church, Grappenhall, which might be the Cheshire Cat. This village is very close to Daresbury where Charles was born. Most of his relatives were Church of England Clergy so I'm sure he visted lots of churches.
Another weird Lewis Carroll link to Winchcombe is Micheal Cardews mother was one of Charles favourite child models ! In 1926 Micheal Cardew rented the old pottery buildings and really started the world famous studio, Winchcombe Pottery.
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