During a free two-hour walking tour with Footprints Tours, our tour guide pointed out an oft-photographed door, lamppost, and building. Besides the peek-a-boo vantage point to see one of Oxford’s most recognizable buildings, Radcliffe Camera (in the background), it’s also a great spot to see the intricately carved door and lone lamppost said to have inspired C.S. Lewis when he wrote The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Here’s a better look at the ornate door and surrounding carvings.
Although I’ve since read that at least two other lamps in Oxford lay claim to being THE lamppost of inspiration, I have no reason to doubt Fred, our knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide. And if there is reason for doubt, I don’t want to hear it, because I rather like a good story…about a good story.