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So this post is slightly out of order, but I thought ya’ll might like to know :)

About a week ago now, Maddee, Dalton, Andrew, Lauren, Jordan, and I took a walking tour.  This tour was technically a part of our scholarly duty here in Oxford, but it was definitely fun! We are all in the Oxford Christians class that studies the works of CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Dorothy Sayers.  Lewis and Tolkien were a part of a group called “the Inklings.” They met weekly to read their unfinished writings to each other and get feedback.  The walking tour we took led us to many important places in their lives in Oxford.  The places we visited were:

  • Sheldonian-Oxfords illustrious meeting hall, designed by Christopher Wren
  • The White Horse and The King’s Arms pubs-places the Inklings met during the war and shortage of beer (thanks to the Americans) at their usual spot The Eagle and Child
  • Turf Tavern-used to serve Mead, Jordan and Dalton found out later that they no longer do
  • the house where Lewis spent his first night in Oxford
  • St. Cross Parish Church-where Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey were married in one of Sayer’s mystery books; also has graves of Hugo Dyson, Austin Farrer and Charles Williams
  • a large portion of the old city wall by Magdalen College (pronounced “maudlin”)
  • punts on the Cherwell River
  • Magdalen Tower-built between 1490 and 1510, 150 feet high
  • the Botanic Garden-oldest garden of its kind in England, contains rare specimens, built on ancient Jewish burial-ground
  • the Eastgate hotel-an in-between place for Lewis and Tolkien (one was at Merton College and the other at Magdalen College)
  • Merton College-where Tolkien was a fellow
  • the Examination Schools-where Lewis and Tolkien would present lectures
  • University College-where Lewis studied
  • St. Edmund Halls-known as Teddy Hall
  • St. Peter’s-in-the-East- now the Teddy Hall Library, church where Lewis often attended Holy Communion
  • Bridge of Sighs-connects two buildings of Hertford College
  • Bodleian Library-main library of Oxford University, also has the Radcliffe Camera which is full of books on theology and English
  • The University Church of St. Mary the Virgin-where Lewis delivered his famous war-time sermon “the Weight of Glory”
  • Brasenose College
  • Mitre Hotel-another meeting spot for Lewis, Tolkien and friends
  • St. Mary Magdalen’s Church-where Lewis attended for confession
  • Martyrs’ Memorial-built in memory of 16th century martyrs Cranmer, Latimer, and Ridley
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • The Eagle and Child-where the meetings of the Inklings took place