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Alices Shop (Oxford)

The old shop in Oxford known as Alice's Shop is famous as the inspiration for the Sheep Shop in Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass".

The shop is situated in St. Aldates, opposite Christ Church, in a building that dates back to the 15th century.

The Alice stories were originally told by Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson to Alice Liddell, the little girl who was daughter of the Dean at Christ Church, during trips on the River Thames.

Dodgson is better known to us as Lewis Carroll, and Alice Hargreaves, as she became on her marriage, is buried at Lyndhurst.

Alice was in the habit of visiting the shop to buy barley sugar, and often remarked that the old lady who ran it had a sheep's voice.

Sir John Tenniel drew a mirror image of the shop for his illustrations to the episode where Alice visits the shop, and rows down the river with a sheep.

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