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The house was named after Henry Liddell, Head Master from 1846 to 1855, who rescued the school from its early nineteenth-century decline, when prospective parents preferred boarding schools in the country to the unwholesome airs of London and pupil numbers dipped beneath 80. Liddell later became Dean of Christ Church and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. His daughter, Alice Liddell, was the inspiration for 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Alice through the Looking Glass'.
Liddell's is located in No. 19, Dean's Yard, a building that dates back to at least the 1300s. In the façade can be traced the medieval crenellations.
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Created by Felicity Crowe, Archives and Records Management Assistant, February 2020.
Westminster School Archive; Tanner, Lawrence, 'Westminster School: Its Buildings and Associations'.