I have always been an avid of reader of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia books and was fortunate to have been able to visit his home and gardens in Oxford, where he wrote all of his books. I shared my visit in an earlier post, which you can read here.
Rosie, of LeavesnBloom recently wrote two wonderful posts about Lewis’ earlier life in Northern Ireland and the landscape where he received much of his inspiration of the land of Narnia. You can read her last post here.
And so in closing, I would like to share with you my visit to one of Lewis’ favorite pubs, his church and his final resting place.
First on our list is a visit to the Trout Inn, which is located just outside of Oxford. In this pub, C.S. Lewis would frequently meet with his friend J.R.R. Tolkein (Lord of the Rings author).
As we approached the inn, we were greeted by it’s resident doorman or should I say bird….
The Trout Inn is a wonderful place to visit and eat. The food is delicious. Once inside, you can almost envision the two scholars (Lewis and Tolkein) sharing ideas over a couple of pints of ale.
After our visit to the inn, we went to see his church and grave.
This is Holy Trinity Church, where Lewis worshiped for over 30 years.
Inside the church, you can see the pew where Lewis would sit every Sunday as it is marked with a plaque.
One of the windows of the church, plays tribute to the characters of Narnia.
Who can you identify in the windows?
I see Mr. Beaver, a dwarf, Peter’s shield, Aslan, Digory and Polly on the flying horse Fledge, the mountains of Narnia, Susan’s horn and much more.
We then stepped outside into the church graveyard.
Here is the final resting place of C.S. Lewis, who passed away November 22, 1963.
What a legacy he has left behind for us all to enjoy. I remember reading “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” for the first time as a 7 year old. Then as an adult, I enjoyed reading his stories to my oldest daughters.
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