Literary Meadow Walks | University of Oxford

Literary Meadow Walks

Mark Davies
14:00 - 15:30
Christ Church

Ticket includes entry to Christ Church during visitor hours

£12 (concessions); £15 (Adults); Discounted 'Friends' and 'Family' tickets

With reference to a range of authors spanning more than four centuries – some little-known; some world-famous – the geographical and historical significance of this ‘river-rounded’ location will be explained by local historian and author, Mark Davies. Oxford's proud tradition of competitive rowing – in which Christ Church played a crucial formative role – will also feature. The route will pass the site of the original Oxen-ford, a subterranean stream, and a beautiful panoramic view of the 'dreaming spires' of Oxford, illuminated by association with authors such as Austen, Hardy, Jerome, and Waugh. Additionally, the Meadow provides insights into some of the realities which underlie the fantasy worlds created by writers such as Lewis, Pullman, Tolkien, and, most famously of all, Christ Church’s very own Lewis Carroll, this year being the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.