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gohist.co/s/318642
Names
Bird and Baby Eagle and Child Eagle and Child Pub Eagle and Child Pub, Oxford The Eagle and Child Public House
Address
Oxford
Location
Oxford  locality
Oxfordshire  county
England  country
United Kingdom  country
Europe  continent
Main date(s)
16th C
Tags
(#1047147; Jan 12, 1954)
Coordinates
51.757096° N, 1.260413° W
OS Grid Reference
SP 51142 06760

Historical Timeline of the Eagle and Child

1940-50
A group of like-minded friends called "The Inklings" meets regularly at the Eagle and Child Pub in Oxford to discuss literature, religion and life. The group includes C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien; discussions at this pub contributed to the final form of both Lewis' Narnia books and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series.

Listed Building Description

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. At the back in the lst floor is a tall 2-light late C17 mullioned and transomed window with a moulded frame in a roughcast wall.

Nos 31 to 46 (consec) and Nos 49 to 56 (consec) form a group.

Listing NGR: SP5115106764

Source: The National Heritage List for England. Reprinted under license.

The Inklings at the Eagle and Child

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.

Holly Hayes
April 27, 2013

Description of the Eagle and Child

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.

Holly Hayes
April 27, 2013

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