Friday, June 29, 2012

Literary Oxford – 24 June 2012

Following on our very enjoyable day out yesterday, we decided to have another literary day out, and revisit our “neighbouring” town, of Oxford.

To get there, we headed across the Chilterns to a coffee break at Abingdon. From here, on to Harcourt Stanton, where the village church had a very colourful jubilee floral festival.

Then it was on to Oxford. First off, we visited Magdalen College, where CS Lewis was a tutor for 29 years. The beautiful, timeless buildings and Chapel are a real treat.

Then a pub lunch at Eagle and Child, where Lewis, Tolkien and his literary friends met in the Rabbit Room. The Rabbit Room was full of people waiting to order, so we enjoyed our meal in a quiet room off this.

Down the road is the recently remodelled Ashmolean Museum, where we spent some time looking at the excellent displays.

Nearby (everything is nearby in Oxford!) is Bailliol College, one of the oldest – established 1263, so for £1, we couldn't resist wandering another college.

More wandering, took us to a Dickens exhibition at the Bodium Library. Even though he did not attend Oxford, the display was more about London, And very interesting.

Finally it was time to stop wandering back streets, and we headed home across the leafy Chilterns to Chorleywood.  

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