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Gas lamp in Malvern at night
Gas lamp in Malvern at night

Narnia, Malvern and the Golden Valley

The connections between CS Lewis - author of the Narnia books - and this area.

C.S. Lewis once wrote that the idea for the Narnia books came to him from images.

In particular, he was referring to the Golden Valley and the Wye Valley in Herefordshire.

Feast your eyes on these great pictures from the Malvern Hills, including some stunning all-round 360 degree panoramic pictures.
Gorgeous Golden Valley >
Clutter's Cave and more >
Views on a chilly day >
Malvern Hills on a Sunday morn >
Priory pictures, Malvern magic >
Evendine well in the Malverns >
Malvern's North Hill >
Millennium hill panoramic >

From these inspiring places, he created the land of Narnia, a land populated with a rich diversity of beings, some very like their counterparts in our world and some derived from his knowledge and love of myth and fairy tale.

C.S. Lewis, was a pupil at Malvern College for a year just before the First World War, and then moved on to study at University College, Oxford, and later was a lecturer at Oxford's Magdalen College for almost 30 years.

During his time in Oxford he was a member of a literary circle of friends, calling themselves 'The Inklings', who included J.R.R. Tolkien amongst others.

He also taught a student called George Sayer who went on to teach at Malvern College for 30 years.

Gas lamp in Malvern at night
Gas lamp in Malvern at night

Lewis and Tolkein stayed good friends with George Sayer, and the three used walk on the Malvern hills.

The story goes that, after drinking in a Malvern pub one winter evening, they were walking home when it started to snow.

They saw a lamp post shining out through the snow and Lewis turned to his friends and said 'that would make a very nice opening line to a book'.

And so it did!

last updated: 08/12/05
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Being an ex member of Malvern College myself there was a rumour in the college that the wardrobe in Narnia was based on one in his boarding house (Number 4).

Jenny Cattel
Have seen the new Nirina film yet, but the Nirina film and book, I enjoyed

alex england (age 9)
all 7 books are very intriguing quite adventurous and exciting.

Ian Murray
No, but there is a house at the end of Sherwood Lane, Worcester WR2 4N? connected to another author. Rupert Bear?

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