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Turn left and walk past the entrance of Magdalen College on to the center of Magdalen Bridge, which spans the River Cherwell. As you turn to face Magdalen College, you will find one of the most beautiful sights in all of Oxford, the glorious Magdalen Tower. This is a great place to rent a punt for an afternoon on the slow-moving river. We also recommend that you purchase one of the guidebooks. In front of you is the Botanic Garden, open to the public.
, reports that Lewis and his friends used to meet in these two pubs during the war (and at the Mitre on the High Street) because of a beer shortage “caused largely by thirsty American troops waiting for D-Day.” The shortage meant that the Inklings could not always rely on their favourite haunt, The Eagle and Child (also known as “The Bird and Baby”) to provide refreshment.“I felt dazed and restless [at the news of Williams’ death], and went out to get a drink: choosing unfortunately the King’s Arms, where during the winter Charles and I more than once drank a pint after leaving Tollers [J. There will be no more pints with Charles: no more “Bird and the Baby”: the blackout has fallen, and the Inklings can never be the same.” 3.
There behind me, far away, never more beautiful since, was the fabled cluster of spires and towers.
I had come out of the station on the wrong side and been all this time walking into what was even then the mean and sprawling suburb of Botley.
It is built on an ancient Jewish burial-ground as is Magdalen College. As you face the Botanic Garden, turn right and walk back towards the center of Oxford along the High Street (known to many simply as “the High”). Continue along the High until you reach the Eastgate Hotel, which is on the corner of Merton Street. Lewis in a letter to his brother, November 1939: ” On Thursday we had a meeting of the Inklings — you and Coghill both absent unfortunately. I have never in my life seen Dyson so exuberant — “A roaring cataract of nonsense.” 16.
Since Tolkien was a Fellow of Merton College and Lewis of Magdalen College, the Eastgate was a convenient place for them to meet. If you wish, you may take a detour down Merton Lane to Merton College. On your left you will come to the most famous Lewis pub, The Eagle and Child (also known as “The Bird and Baby”).