2004 UK Trip
Day 4 Monday April 5 (continued)
For me, the highlight of the C. S. Lewis tour of Oxfor was the stop at Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry. Ron Brind has a key to Holy Trinity Church and I photographed Jack & Warnie's pew and the wonderful engraved Narnia window next to it. Then we visited Jack & Warnie's graves and the grave of Mrs. Janie King Moore, who's relationship with Jack leaves so many unanswered questions. Ron gave me some ivy leaves from the tree above Jack's grave.
The balance of the C. S. Lewis tour included a long stop at Jack & Warnie's home, The Kilns, and a walk through the woods to the small pond near it. Visitors are not permitted to enter the home, which is owned by a foundation which Ron disdains. The last stops on the tour were the crematorium where Joy's ashes were scattered, the hospital where Joy died and finally The Eagle and Child pub. The "Bird & Babe" where the Inklings (including Jack, Warnie, JRR Tolkien, Charles Williams and Hugo Dyson) met each week.
I had hard apple cider and an excellent steak pie in the "Rabbit Room" in the Eagle and Child where the Inklings met in the '30s & '40s. The walls have many photos of Lewis & Tolkien.
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