C.S. Lewis' Oxford Refuge
The Kilns was the home in Oxford which Lewis shared with his brother Warnie, and later with his wife Joy and her sons. Originally build in 1922, the Lewis' fell in love with its sizeable grounds before they even entered the house. In his diary, Warnie wrote "the eight-acre garden is such stuff as dreams are make of. I never imagined that for us any such garden would ever come within the sphere of discussion."
It was in this home that many of Lewis' works were composed, and countless hours were spent in warm discussion. Although the brick kilns and a bungalow which housed Lewis' servant Fred Paxford were demolished after the authors death, the home itself has been preserved. It continues to be restored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation of Redlands, California. A number of houses were built on the property, sadly disturbing the natural ambience which the Lewis family enjoyed. Fortunately, the local Naturalist's Trust acquired the woodlands and pond to the north of the Kilns, and they reflect the beauty which originally attracted Jack and Warnie to the site.
The "original" elements of the entire C.S. Lewis Chronicles Site