Lewis Carroll’s father was rector at St. Peter’s Church in Croft-on-Tees. Visitors to the church can see a stone carving of a cat’s head on the chancels east wall, a few feet above the floor. When looked at from a child’s perspective, the cat’s mouth assumes a broad grin. Perhaps it was the inspiration for the Cheshire Cat?


St Peter’s Church (in what is now St Peter’s Square) built in 1794, the church was then in a quiet area of Manchester, but was quickly surrounded as the area developed. As the area became more commercial, congregations fell. In 1906 , the diocese of Manchester gave the authority to close and demolish several churches in Central Manchester, including St Peter’s. The church was demolished in 1907 and the site marked by a white, Portland stone cross.