All Saints


Daresbury and its church are most well known because of the connection with Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, world famous as Lewis Carroll, who was born here in 1832 and baptised in the church.

About this church

Built of sandstone, most of the church was rebuilt in the 1870s, but the handsome tower is from the 1500s.

Inside, panels from the 16th century rood screen, destroyed during the Victorian rebuilding, are preserved. The pulpit is 17th century and elaborately carved.

It is the window in the Daniell chapel that draws most attention as it contains scenes from the Alice books. The brilliantly realised figures are based on John Tenniel's Alice book illustrations. The five scenes include the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, with the dormouse asleep in the teapot and an especially eccentric March Hare with straw in his hair. The stained glass artist was Geoffrey Webb, whose brother, Christopher, designed some of the glass at Bunbury.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches


St Matthew

In 1826–27 this Commissioners Church was built as a chapel of ease to Great Budworth.


St Elphin

Its very tall spire, at 281ft (86m), is the most arresting thing about St Elphin's.


St Mary & All Saints

Great Budworth is a very pretty village with houses of many ages and kinds, and at its heart sits St Mary's, a lovely red sandstone church dating mainly from the 15th and 16th centuries, though the Lady Chapel dates back to the 14th century.

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