THE Daresbury birthplace of Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll has been handed over to the protection of the National Trust.
Daresbury Parsonage was the beginning of the incredible life story of one of England's finest authors and academics, who received worldwide recognition with his Alice adventures.
The double fronted building had a lobby, parlour, study, schoolroom and seven upstairs rooms, but was destroyed by fire in 1891. However, the original foundation footprint and a well are still preserved.
Now the Lewis Carroll Birthplace Trust, which has run the site for 11 years, has gifted it to the charity to ensure its future is secured.
One of the trustees of the site is Halton Borough Council which has been working with the National Trust throughout the acquisition.
Ken Oultram, a founder of the Birthplace Trust, said: 'Lewis Carroll is the most famous author produced by the county of Cheshire so far. That is why I am thrilled the National Trust has agreed to take over the land.'
Sula Rayska, from the National Trust, said: 'We are delighted by the generous gift of this historic site.'
The trust plans to maintain the site and put up more signs explaining its historic significance.
Born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832, Lewis Carroll was a mathematical lecturer at Oxford University. His pseudonym distinguished his literary work from his academic research.
Besides Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, Carroll also penned Jabberwocky, Phantasmagoria and The Hunting of the Snark, as well as a number of poems, articles, games and puzzles.