Oxford lays claim to many literary connections. These include the fantasies spun by Lewis Carroll, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Philip Pullman in their various novels, as well as the gritty realities of Colin Dexter’s eponymous detective.
There are many walking tours catering for fans of these literary greats.
It is said that C.S. Lewis found his inspiration for Narnia at this spot. Note the lion’s head carving, the wooden door, the faun and the lamppost. Now add a sprinkling of snow and you have a land where it’s always winter.
By far the most popular tour is Harry Potter, judging by the large numbers of excited children I’ve seen today.
However the young wizard’s link to the city does not come directly from JK Rowling’s books, but it is because the architecture of the various colleges is ideally suited to recreate Hogwart’s that so many scenes were filmed here in Oxford. For example, the School of Divinity was used as the Infirmary.
And finally, an admission.
I have never watched an episode of Morse, or read any of Colin Dexter’s books.
I’m endeavouring to put that right!