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"Grinning like a cheshire" cat was an old proverbial expression long before it was used by Lewis Carrol.One theory for the origion of this saying involves the Cheshire cheese molds, another says that Cheshire was a country palatine. Yet another comes frome the villiage of Cheshire itself, where - it is said - that some of the painted inn signs "look more like grinning cats than growling lions" (Quoted from Notes and Queries, of which Carroll was a regular subscriber)
There are many reports that Carroll found inspiration for the name and expression of the Cheshire Cat in the 16th century sandstone carving of a grinning cat, on the west face of St Wilfrid’s Church tower in Grappenhall, a village adjacent to his birthplace in Daresbury, Warrington.”

"Grinning like a cheshire" cat was an old proverbial expression long before it was used by Lewis Carrol.One theory for the origion of this saying involves the Cheshire cheese molds, another says that Cheshire was a country palatine. Yet another comes frome the villiage of Cheshire itself, where - it is said - that some of the painted inn signs "look more like grinning cats than growling lions" (Quoted from Notes and Queries, of which Carroll was a regular subscriber)

There are many reports that Carroll found inspiration for the name and expression of the Cheshire Cat in the 16th century sandstone carving of a grinning cat, on the west face of St Wilfrid’s Church tower in Grappenhall, a village adjacent to his birthplace in Daresbury, Warrington.”

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