House of C.S. Lewis

The Kilns was the home of C.S. Lewis for over 30 years. A group of children were evacuated from London to the Kilns in 1939, inspiring the Chronicles of Narnia books.

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House of C.S. Lewis
The Kilns
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1922
Construction of the The Kilns
Oct 1930
C. S. Lewis, his brother Warnie, and Janie Moore (the mother of Paddy, Lewis' college roommate who died in WWI) buy a house called the Kilns for £3,300. The three, along with Mrs. Moore's daughter Maureen, will share the house for the rest of their lives
Apr 1957
Joy Davidman Lewis leaves hospital
13 Jul 1960
Death of Joy Davidman Lewis in Oxford
Aug 1962
C. S. Lewis returns home to The Kilns from the hospital with a nurse named Alec Ross. Later Walter Hooper, an American summer student at Exeter College, volunteers to serve as secretary. Warnie is on holiday and drunk in Ireland.
Sep 1963
Warnie returns from Ireland and occupies the Kilns with his dying brother, C. S. Lewis. The brothers enjoy reminiscing about their childhood.
Oct 1963
Lewis writes in a letter, ""Yes, autumn really is the best of the seasons: and I'm not sure that old age isn't the best part of life. But, of course, like autumn it doesn't last."
22 Nov 1963
Death of C. S. Lewis
1966
Warren Lewis returns to The Kilns
9 Apr 1973
Death of Warren Lewis at The Kilns

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