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The Eagle and Child, Oxford

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The Eagle and Child, Oxford

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The Eagle and Child, Oxford

The Eagle and Child (or Bird and Baby, or Fowl and Foetus, if you’re in the know) nestles unassumingly on the broad avenue of St Giles in Oxford. It’s been a pub since 1650, and generations of rowdy students and bustling tourists have done little to affect its cosy, confidential atmosphere.  You can take a seat in one of the jumble of rooms: choose one by the fireplace, or a place in the quiet room at the back known as the Rabbit Room.

You will be in good company for it was here that a group of Oxford writers called the Inklings met on Tuesday mornings to chew over their works in progress. The Inklings included writers whose work features elsewhere on the ICONS site: CS Lewis (Chronicles Of Narnia) and JRR Tolkien (Lord Of The Rings). Others included influential thinkers such as Owen Barfield and playwright and lay theologian Charles Williams. The Inklings have moved on (first to the Lamb and Flag pub over the road and now, alas, from this world), but the literary connection is maintained by the frequent presence of Colin Dexter (creator of Inspector Morse).


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This piece of longstanding history should be nominated because this is where icons have met. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien met here with their literary group, the Inklings. Colin Dexter, who created Inspector Morse, is also a visitor to this pub. It is a great piece of history and a perfect icon.

David Kuhn

The Eagle and Child is the Stanley family crest. The head of thh family is The Earl of Derby. The first Earl was married to Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII. She was actively involved with the University and was I believe Chancellor. I was told that it is the most common pub name in the NW of England
The Earl of Derby



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