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Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) was born in Chester on 22 March at 150 Bridge Street (now No 16) where today there is a plaqu e to commemorate him. His father, John Caldecott, was a Chester business man and an accountant of some note who was married twice and had 13 children. Randolph was his third child by his first wife Mary Dinah (nee Brookes). In 1848 the family moved to Challoner House, Crook Street and in 1860 to 23 Richmond Place at Boughton just outside Chester. He spent the last five years of his schooling at The King's School which, in those days, was in the cathedral buildings in the centre of the city. In his early childhood Randolph drew and modelled, mostly animals, and he continued drawing for the rest of his life. There is a small oil painting in Chester of his brother Alfred painted during his school days. In the year that he left school, 1861, he first had a drawing published: it was a sketch of a disastrous fire at the Queen's Hotel in Chester and it appeared in the London Evening News together with his account of the blaze.
For more information, and many examples of his work, see www.randolphcaldecott.org.u k

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (1832-98), b. Daresbury parsonage, Cheshire on 27 January 1832. the eldest son and third of eleven children of Charles Dodgson and his wife and first cousin, Frances Jane, née Lutwidge (1803–1851).Then moved in 1843 to Croft-on-Tees, Yorkshire

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) lived with her Aunt Lumb at Heathwaite on the edge of The Heath at Knutsford, after her mother died.

Brook Street Chapel
Married the Rev. William Gaskell in 1932 at Knutsford Parish Church. She is buried in the Unitarian Chapel yard at Knutsford. (Both she and her husband were Unitarians.) A booklet, Knutsford & Elizabeth Gaskell, has been produced by the Gaskell Society. It contains a map of the town that includes the many places referred to in Elizabeth Gaskell's novels.

George Macdonald (1824-1905) Alderley Edge

Romany's Vardo
Romany (Rev. George Bramwell Evens) (1884-1943) His vardo (caravan) still exists. It can be found in the Romany Memorial Garden, South Drive (off B5086), Wilmslow, Cheshire. It is in the care of Macclesfield Borough Council but is open on the 2nd Saturday in the months May - September from 12 noon to 3.00p.m.
Romany's Vardo in Macclesfield


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