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'Wonderland' home to be destroyed

The former Penmorfa hotel (picture - John Lawson-Reay)
Author Lewis Carroll never actually stayed at Penmorfa

A holiday home used by the girl who inspired the Alice in Wonderland character is to be demolished, despite a campaign to save it.

Conwy councillors have said they are minded to grant conditional planning permission to demolish the hotel in Llandudno to make way for 28 flats.

The building, Penmorfa, was used by the family of Alice Liddell, believed to be the muse for Lewis Carroll's books.

The developers have said the design would reflect the original's style.

More than 400 people wrote to the council to object to the plans, saying part of the town's heritage would be lost.

Campaigners enlisted the support of celebrities including Griff Rhys Jones, Carol Vorderman and children's author Jacqueline Wilson to try to prevent the demolition.

John Reay, chairman of Llandudno Seaside Buildings Preservation Trust, said he was disgusted by the committee's decision.


Alice Liddell's father, the Very Reverend Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, was friends with Lewis Carroll, whose real name was the Reverend Charles Dodgson.

Dodgson was said to have been inspired to write his famous children's story during walks with the young Alice while visiting Llandudno.

During the planning meeting, some speakers said Penmorfa should be retained because of its historical connections.

However others, including developers Anwyl Construction, said it was in such a state of disrepair it would be folly to try to preserve it.

The company is being asked to incorporate a plaque into the building in recognition of its past.

It has said it will enhance the facade to make it similar to the original building.

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