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Eagle and Child
Bird and Baby
Eagle and Child Pub
The Eagle and Child Public House
51.757096° N, 1.260413° W

Essays on the Eagle and Child

  • The Inklings at the Eagle and Child

    by Holly Hayes
    April 27, 2013

    In the 1940s and 1950s, a small group of like-minded friends met at Oxford's Eagle and Child Pub in Oxford to discuss literature, writing and life. This venerable group, who called themselves "The Inklings," had many happy memories here at the "Bird and Baby." The core members of The Inklings were C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and discussions at this pub contributed to the final form of both Lewis' Narnia books and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. continue reading →

  • Listed Building Description

    “The National Heritage List for England,” English HeritageNovember 30, 2011Reprinted with permission on August 19, 2012.

    ST GILES' STREET 1. 1485 (West Side) No 49 (The Eagle and Child Public House) SP 5106 NW 5/516 12.1.54. II GV 2. RCHM 178. Modern stuccoed front of 2-storeyed rubble and timber framing with 3 gables at eaves level in each of which are 2-light casement windows. Welsh slate roof. There is a passage-way on the South. The ground floor has a 4-centred headed doorway on each side of which is a 2-light casement window. The 1st floor has modern 2-light casements. continue reading →

  • Overview

    by Holly Hayes
    April 27, 2013

    A memorial plaque to The Inklings is on a wall in the middle of the pub near the bar, along with a couple portraits and a framed paper bearing the signatures of Lewis, Tolkien, and other Inklings, saying they had drunk to the landlord's health. In addition to its historic and literary value, the Eagle and Child is also a pleasant place to stop for good food and drink. There is a non-smoking section in the back. continue reading →

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Bibliography of the Eagle and Child

  1. The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. November 30, 2011. Web.

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Holly Hayes
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014

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