What is the origin of the Cheshire Cat?

Cheshire cat

In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland readers encounter a large, grinning cat lying on the hearth. Alice is told that the cat is grinning from ear to ear because they are from Cheshire but there’s no explanation as to why cats from that county in England (see map below) should be predisposed to smiling …

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Evil Cheshire Cat

Evil Cheshire cat – what is that? To an outsider it seems to mean the Cheshire cat, a fictional cat in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The name Cheshire cat was not, it seems, his creation, by the way. But the evil Cheshire cat in this instance refers to a character in a podcast …

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Cheshire Cat Mug

The Cheshire cat mug is based on the well known grinning tabby cat in the Lewis Carroll’s story, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. Was this cat a ginger (red) tabby? My recollections are that it was but this idea may have come from subsequent spin offs from the book. This cat is certainly a tabby …

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Cheshire Cat Plush Toy

Cheshire cat plush toy…?! I know, I know, it is not a Cheshire cat (or was it?). And it doesn’t look very plush anymore either. But it is a nice picture and the photographer says it is a cat (“chat”, actually – French). Also it has a slightly odd, Alice in Wonderland appearance… There …

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