The Narnia Window – Headington, England - Atlas Obscura

The Narnia Window

Holy Trinity Church
Headington, England

Beside the pew where C.S. Lewis often sat while attending church, a window filled with characters from his beloved stories. 

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On the left side of the unassuming Holy Trinity Church of Headington Quarry, there is a small window that could be easily missed. It pays tribute to The Chronicles of Narnia, the beloved children’s series by Oxford professor C.S. Lewis. The window depicts multiple characters from the series and is steps away from where Lewis would sit every Sunday morning. 

The window was created in 1991 as a memorial to both the writer who once sat nearby and two local children who had died many years earlier. George and Kathleen Howe donated a sum of money to the church, half of which was to be spent on a window memorial to their children, William George Howe (1938-1954) and Gillian Margaret Howe (1945-1947).

The church hired artist Sally Scott to design the memorial window. She created a scene filled with some of Narnia’s most iconic figures: Aslan the lion, the four Pevensie children, the castle Cair Paravel, and other animals and objects from Lewis’s stories. If you love Lewis, you can look at the window and then sit in his spot. 

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The church is open daily, except for services on Sundays. 

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