"Normally St Giles is full of parked cars that obscure the front of this famous pub, but on this day I had taken the tour bus for a new perspective on the city from the height of the top deck, and although I didn't know it, the area had been cleared for filming an episode of Lewis." J J Marshall
URBANPIX CAPTION for this Oxford card:
The Eagle and Child in St Giles, was a 16th-century beer-house that was owned by University College until bought by St John’s College in 2004. Popularly known as ‘The Bird and the Baby’, it is more widely recognised as the place where a group of Oxford writers known as ‘The Inklings’ met in the 1940s and 50s to discuss literature and life. Members of the group included C.S.Lewis author of The Chronicles of Narnia, J.R.R.Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. A memorial plaque is inside the pub.
The elegant pair of houses next to the pub, are home to the St John’s College Research Centre, while the college itself is opposite.
St Giles extends from St Giles’ church in the north, to the Martyrs’ Memorial in the south and is lined on both sides of its wide avenue by London plane trees. Cattle and sheep used to be driven along St Giles to market and there was a drinking pond for the animals where the war memorial now stands. St Giles also hosts the annual
St Giles’ Fair - first recorded in 1624 - on the first Monday and Tuesday in September.