When the Herons, a rich English family in the mid-18th century, began construction on Daresbury Hall, they intended for the home to last for generations and serve as a great family legacy. What they didn’t anticipate was that, centuries later, it would instead become the stuff of folk legend.
While the house was being built, a young man—who would go on to become a literary giant for his nonsensical children’s stories—was taking up residence in the same village. It almost seemed fitting, then, that the almost dystopian fate of Daresbury Hall would rival the dark themes penned by this author.
Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, was a 19th century mathematician, photographer, and author best known for penning the classic tale Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.
While a lecturer at Christ Church College at Oxford University, he befriended the college’s dean, Henry Liddell, whose three daughters—Ina, Edith, and Alice—would later serve as great sources of inspiration to the author.
Had Carroll been alive centuries later, he might’ve drawn inspiration from his hometown’s own beloved Daresbury Hall. Located in Cheshire, England, the once-stately country retreat had fallen into disarray long after its original owners—and Carroll—had gone. Last year, the estate made headlines when the police confiscated more than £750,000 (nearly $927,000) worth of cannabis in the basement.
The abandoned property was even thought to be haunted. For a brief period of time, a small event company used the abandoned buildings to stage haunted houses.
With its derelict appearance and boarded windows, it’s no wonder why it made the perfect backdrop for tales of fantasy and horror.
The estate’s carriage house was a popular spot for reveling teenagers. Nowadays, rumors of paranormal activity keep even the bravest at bay.
Like most abandoned estates, it was quite easy to sneak inside.
A locker room in the main house looked as though someone tore through it in a fit of rage.
One of the bathrooms featured a massive pile of broken tiles, dirt, and trash.
It was impossible to differentiate between the props of the fake haunted houses and the manor’s legitimate artifacts.
Passing through these hallways would make anyone’s skin crawl.
Several ghost hunters reported activity inside of the old pool house.
Haunting graffiti and leftover drug paraphernalia created an unsettling environment.
These fresh flowers were mysteriously left on the conservatory mantel.
This bizarre space was once the nursery.
Even on the outside of the manor, warnings (or Muse lyrics?) covered the walls.
The garages were often used by car thieves to stash their loot.
How many of these frightening messages were real?
Even in the brightest light, the pool seemed so eerie.
The future of this historic manor remains uncertain. Perhaps it would be best if it was just left alone…
Not many realize that the author of some of their favorite childhood stories lived in a town shared by this spooky estate. Even history buffs and literary mavens may have a difficult time summoning up their bravery to venture inside. Scary stuff!
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