C S Lewis - Westminster Abbey, London, UK
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N 51° 29.985 W 000° 07.636
30U E 699386 N 5709314
Quick Description: This memorial to C S (Clive Staples) Lewis is located in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. The memorial was placed in 2013 on the 50th anniversary of his death. He is buried in Headington, Oxford.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/1/2020 3:22:32 AM
Waymark Code: WM13BFR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:

The inscription on the memorial to C S Lewis reads:


I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen,
not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else

The Westminster Abbey website has an article about C S Lewis that advises:

On 22nd November 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of his death in 1963, a memorial stone was unveiled to writer, scholar and poet C.S. Lewis in Poets' Corner Westminster Abbey. The greenish marble stone was designed by Wayne Hart and is in the central part of the area at the base of a pillar. A conference was also held at St Margaret's Westminster as part of the memorial project.

He was born in Belfast on 29th November 1898 a son of Albert and Florence. He was educated in England with his brother Warren. During the Great War he was wounded at the battle of Arras. He was a Fellow and Tutor of English Literature at Oxford university and later Chair of Medieval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge. Today he is perhaps best known for his seven Chronicles of Narnia. He also wrote science fiction and was a friend of J.R.R. Tolkien. During the Second World War he gave many radio broadcasts, later published as Mere Christianity, together with other books based on his talks. In 1956 he married Mrs Joy Gresham, who died a few years later. The drama 'Shadowlands' portrayed this part of his life. He was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Headington, Oxford.


With the re-opening of Westminster Abbey after Covid-19 lockdown photography, for private use, has been allowed in most areas of the Abbey when services are not taking place (see here). There is an entry fee payable to enter the Abbey that is currently £18 for an adult (October, 2020).

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Location: In Poets' Corner within Westminster Abbey.

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