Held at:

Private collection




Original documents


Collection of Memorabilia of the Vicar of St Bartholomew’s Church, Vowchurch

Place name:

Golden Valley




The most notable incumbent at St Bartholomew’s Church was the Reverend Skeffington Hume Dodgson, whose brother Charles Lutwidge Dodgson became famous under the pen name of Lewis Carroll for his tales of Alice in Wonderland. Reverend Skeffington was Vicar of Vowchurch from 1895 to 1910 and his grave is in the churchyard. There is a collection of memorabilia relating to him and his brother in a display cabinet in the church with attributions to his family descendants, the Lewis Carroll Society and others. A selection of the items on public display have been photographed and reproduced below.



A composite drawing by Brian Partridge from photographs showing Skeffington [left] and Charles [right] Dodgson

Reverend Skeffington Hume Dodgson and his youngest daughter at Vowchurch Station on the Golden Valley Railway

Letter from the Bishop of Worcester dated January 1895 offering Skeffington Dodgson the living of Vowchurch at £160 pa.

Letter from Charles Dodgson congratulating his brother on his promotion to Vicar of Vowchurch in 1895

Letter to Reverend Skeffington Dodgson from his brother, dated 1897




Pictures of St Bartholomew’s Church, Vowchurch are also available on this website.


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