Ronald K. Brind

C.S. Lewis in Oxford

A Guide for Visitors

Former homes and places to see

J R R Tolkien: In particular 76 Sandfield Road, Headington, Oxford is where Tolkien worked from a garage, but referred to as his library. A plaque over the garage confirms the date of occupancy 1953 to 1968. Tolkien worked from his library with a Secretary of whom his wife Edith was so jealous that she wouldn’t allow her to use the bathroom in the house and insisted on her using the facility of a neighbour (Muriel) who lived opposite. J R R Tolkien also lived at 20 Northmoor Road which is a ten minute drive out of Oxford City off Norham Road.

Helen Joy Gresham (nee Davidman): Previously lived in a London apartment after arriving in the UK and then at 10 Old High Street, Headington, Oxford during 1953; a home that Jack helped to secure for her.

As it turned out this property is just 500 yards away from the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) formerly the Wingfield Hospital in Windmill Road, Headington, Oxford where Joy later received treatment for bone cancer and where in the Mayfair Suite (the name of the hospital ward) their marriage was blessed in a bedside ceremony during December 1956 as her death was thought to be imminent. In fact Joy made a recovery that allowed a few holidays away with Jack before her death in 1960 in the Radcliffe Infirmary, Woodstock Road, Oxford; a building that has since been refurbished.

Mrs Janie King-Moore: Hillsborough House, Headington, Oxford is where Jack and Janie King-Moore lived together for 8 years before moving into the Kilns in 1930. Mrs Moore was 26 years older than Jack! Was there a relationship between them? Yes, I believe there was and I will qualify my thoughts later with what I believe is pretty substantial evidence.

Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry, Oxford where the Lewis brother’s grave is in the Churchyard along with that of the two Mrs Moores.

The Narnia Window can be seen opposite the ‘Lewis Pew’ if you are lucky enough to arrive on a day when the Church is open.

C S Lewis’s former home will always be known as: The ‘Kilns’, Lewis Close, Risinghurst, Headington, Oxford.

The C S Lewis Nature Reserve: The area of woodland (off Lewis Close) and behind the former Lewis home referred to today as the ‘Kilns’ but including the lake from where the clay was dug out during its brick making history of the late 19th Century that was once part of Jacks ‘back garden’ and which most believe inspired him to write the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’.

The reference to The Kilns, or the Clay Hills in my day was to mean the whole eight or nine acres and also included more local land known as Haynes’ field, the reservoir and Shotover yet another Nature Reserve today.

So the plaque on the former home that reads ‘The Kilns’ suggesting that the house was the Kilns isn’t strictly accurate. Originally, The Kilns was a total of the house, an orchard, tennis courts, two brick kilns, a brick drying barn, wooden bungalow, the lake and woodland.

Barton Crematorium, Headington, Oxford (formerly Oxford Crematorium) where Joy’s body was cremated as Mrs Joy Lewis despite a plaque referring to Helen Joy Davidman in cloister two, with a poem that Jack wrote called Epitaph. 

Her ashes were scattered between beautiful Magnolia trees and Rose beds. Directions on how to find the location are included in my ebook ‘C S Lewis in Oxford: A Guide for Visitors’ published 10th July 2013.

This digital book is your ideal travel companion when you follow the footsteps of Jack Lewis across the city of Oxford that he so loved and is available via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DVRJM58

My paperback guidebook titled ‘The C S Lewis Tour in Oxford’ published 2005 (ISBN 1857566262) is no longer available (apart from any remaining stock in stores) due to edit and reprint, but I have now updated it with my ebook that is much more than a simple travel guide titled “C. S. Lewis in Oxford: A Guide for Visitors” which provides powerful insights into the life and times of C S Lewis.

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