The Final Years
After almost two decades, the formal meetings of the Inklings finally came to an end in October 1949 when interest in the readings petered out. Nevertheless, the group continued to meet at the Eagle and Child for drinks and conversation, and it was at one such meeting in June 1950 that C. S. Lewis distributed the proofs for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Today, visitors to St Giles’ Street in Oxford can still step inside the pub that saw so many meetings of literary greats. Although modernised in 1962, the Rabbit Room remains and houses mementos of the group. If you’re in the area, take a moment to visit the Lamb & Flag opposite, another of the Inklings’ regular haunts. Both pubs are now owned by Oxford University’s St John’s College and profits go to fund student scholarships.