Life of Alice Liddell, Time lines and research material

This page contains some of the research material I created when writing the play “Alice in Lyndhurst” which is the story of Alice Liddell, the girl for whome the Alice books were written. Alice lived all he married life in Lyndhurst in Hampshire. It's a nice play and probably worth performing elsewhere. Anyway I thought someone else might take advantage of the work I did. For a quick read of her life you can see a short “auto-biography” I wrote for Alice when I was preparing to write the play. Or you can look her up in Wikipedia where the article is pretty good.

Alice Liddell/Hargreaves( 1852-1934) Timeline

Date

Age

Place

Event

1811


?

Father of Alice born

1826



Mother of Alice born

1832



Dodgson born

1846



Alice's mother and father married

1849


Westminster

Ina Alice's elder sister born

1851



Dodgson comes to Christchurch as a stuent aged 19

1852

0


Alice born May 4

1853

1


Arthur (aged 3 her preceding brother) dies

1854

2


Edith (Tillie) born

1855

3


Dodgson appointed mathematics lecturer and sub-librarian(?) at Christchurch

Henry Liddell becomes vice chancellor and dean

1856

4

Oxford

Family move to Oxford


4


Alice and family meet Dodgson photographing cathedral

1858

6


Photograph of Alice as beggar child

1862/7/4

10


Boat trip where tale first told

1863

11


Baby brother Albert born and dies 3 months later

1863/6

11


Fall out between Alice's family and Dodgson

1864 /11

12


Gives Alice a copy of "Alice Underground"

1865

13


"Alice in Wonderland" published

1872

20


"Through the looking glass" published


20


Prince Leopold comes to Christchurch College

1873?

20


Toured Europe with sisters Ina and Edith

1874

22


Ina marries Skene of All Souls

1876

24


Edith dies shortly before planned marriage to Aubrey Harcourt

1880/9/15

28

Westminster Abbey

Alice marries Reginald Hargreaves also aged 28, honeymoons at Sedgwick Park Horsham Reggie's sister's place, and later in Spain

1880/81

29

Lyndhurst

Moves to Cuffnells, a large estate near Lyndhurst, after honeymoon

1881

29


Alan Knyveton, first son born

1883

31


Leopold Reginald (Rex, second son born

1887

35


Caryl Liddell, third son born

1896

43

Guildford

Dodgson dies aged 64

1898

45


Alice's father dies aged 87

1910



Alice's mother dies aged 84

1915

63

France

Alan killed in action age 34

1916

64


Rex killed in action age 33

1926

74

Lyndhurst

Reggie (husband) dies age 74

1929

77

London

Manuscript of "Alice Underground" sold to pay for Cuffnells upkeep

1932

80

New York

Alice in America at Carroll's centenary

1934

82

Kent

Dies in Kent. Funeral in Kent (I think) where Alice's sister lived



Lyndhurst

Ashes placed in family grave near Reggie at the back of Lyndhurst church presumably then overlooking the view to the South. Now overgrown and without view.

1950   Lyndhurst Cuffnells buldozed

Dodgson(1832-1898) Time Line

1832 - Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born in Cheshire

1843 - family moves to Croft, Yorkshire

1844 - attends Richmond School, Yorkshire

1846 - attends Rugby School.

1850 - matriculates at Christ Church, Oxford

1851 - mother dies on January 26th

1854 - Bachelor of Arts, 1st Class Honors in Mathematics, 2nd Class Honors in Classics

1855 - becomes Sub-Librarian to Christ Church and Mathematics lecturer

1856 - first meets the Liddell family buys a camera and takes his first photograph of Alice Liddell

1857 - Master of Arts

1861 - ordained as a deacon

1862 - tells the story of Alice's Adventures Under Ground to the Liddell children on a boating trip on the 4th of July

1865 - publication of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

1867 - takes first and only overseas journey

1868 - father dies on 21st June the rest of family moves to Guildford

1871 - publication of "Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice Found There"

1876 - publication of "The Hunting of the Snark"

1881 - resigns Mathematical Lectureship

1886 - the original manuscript of  "Alice's Adventures Under Ground" is published

1889 - publication of "Sylvie and Bruno"

1890 - publication of "The Nursery 'Alice'"

1893 - publication of "Sylvie and Bruno Concluded"

1898 - dies at Guildford on the 14th of January

Summary of the Alice Book

Summary of events in the books

Wonderland

Rabbit followed down hole

Fall

Drink me – sees garden shrinks

Grows Pool of tears talks with mouse

Caucus race

Rabbits house grows too big

Kicks bill out of window

Shrinks, meets enormous puppy

Caterpillar

Eats mushroom grows. Pigeon thinks she's a snake

House - frog and fish footmen

Duchess baby, cook, pepper

Baby turns to pig

Meets Cheshire cat

Mad hatters tea party

Painting roses

Croquet with flamingos

Cheshire cat and can you behead him

Conversation with Duchess and Queen

Griffin mock turtle Lobster Quadrille and beautiful soup

Trial Part 1 hatter etc

Trial Part 2 Alice's evidence

Alice sees they are all cards

Ending with Ina thinking of Alice.

Looking Glass

Kitten, through glass, picks up chessmen reads jaberwocky

Glides out to garden of flowers

Meet red queen

On train, rocking horse insects

Meets fawn

Tweedledum and Dee

Walrus and carpenter

Meet king, Dum and Dee prepare to fight but frightened by crow

Talk with White queen about things happening backwards

White queen turns to sheep and boat then shop

Humpty Dumpty

Poem “tried to turn the handle but” Leaves after discussion of looking ordinary

All Kings horses etc. Talk with king, anglo saxon messengers

Lion and unicorn

Red and white knights fight

Sitting on a gate poem

Alice gets crown

Exam by queens

Banquet, Alice Mutton, Mutton Alice etc

Pulls off table cloth

Finds red queen is a kitten after shaking

Easter greeting at the End and a sort of sermon

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