While the 1986 movie Dreamchild– penned by Dennis Potter – suggests that Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for his
Alice Pleasance Liddell was born May 4, 1852 and was known for much of her adult life as Alice Hargreaves.
Alice Liddell was the fourth child of Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church,
At the time of her birth, Liddell's father was the headmaster of
Westminster School but soon after appointed to the deanery of Christ Church, . Oxford
The Liddell family moved to
in 1856 and met Charles Dodgson while he was photographing the cathedral on April 25 1856. Oxford
He became a close friend of the Liddell family.
grew up primarily in the company of the two sisters nearest to her in age: Lorina, who was three years older, and Edith, who was two years younger. Alice
Alice Liddell married Reginald Hargreaves on September 15 1880, at the age of 28.
They had three sons: Alan Knyveton Hargreaves and Leopold Reginald "Rex" Hargreaves (killed in action in World War 1) and Caryl Liddell Hargreaves, who survived to have a daughter of his own.
Hargreaves inherited a considerable fortune, and was a local magistrate and also played cricket for Hampshire.
A mostly happy carefree life it seems. Accept, of course, for the tragedy of World War 1, which went to the heart of almost ever family in Britain and, of course, many other countries including Australia.