BELFAST, 12 SEPTEMBER 2009
C. S. Lewis was born on 29 November 1899 in Belfast at
  the Ballyhackamore House, No 47 Dundela Avenue
  (now a block of ...
Little Lea on the Circular Road was the Lewis’ family home from 1905 until
            1930; today it is a private residen...
It was here that C. S.
                                                                 Lewis started
                    ...
As C. S. Lewis
was educated at
English public
schools as a
teenager, he did
not stay here for
a prolonged
period of time

...
St. Mark’s Church was
the Lewis family
church

The church was
designed by William
Butterfield in 1876-
1878

The naves, ai...
Primrose
Henderson’s great-
grandfather, Sir
William Ewart,
spearheaded the
building of this
church

After his death, the
...
C. S. Lewis
was baptized
by his
maternal
grandfather,
Rev. Thomas
Hamilton
(the first
rector of this
church) on 29
January...
This memorial
stained-glass
window was
presented by C.
S. Lewis & his
brother to the
church in 1933 in
memory of their
fat...
St. Mark is believed to
be the first bishop of
Alexandria & died
there

It is claimed his body
was brought to Venice
& was...
St. James’ shrine is at
Compostela in Spain, a
medieval place of
pilgrimage

Hence, he is seen with the
pilgrim’s bag & st...
St. Luke is
depicted with as a
writer with an ox
behind him
The lectern was
presented to the
church by the
cousins of C. S. Lewis

The eagle is the
symbol of St. John &
represents th...
In William
Butterfield’s
design, the
Communion
Table is the most
important object
in the church &
stands higher
than the p...
As a young boy,
C. S. Lewis
would have
visited his
maternal
grandfather who
lived in the Old
Rectory

Standing before
the ...
The “lion”
door handle

Could this
have inspired
the character
of Aslan in
the Narnia
books?
C.S. Lewis was a
pupil here for a
short period

He was there for
the autumn term
in 1910 as a
boarder

He had to
withdraw ...
Outside the
Holywood Arches
Library is a sculpture
of the character of
Digory Kirke in The
Magician’s Nephew
(the sixth bo...
The Linen
Hall Library,
founded in
1788, is the
oldest library
in Belfast

It houses
books by and
about C. S.
Lewis
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  1. 1. BELFAST, 12 SEPTEMBER 2009
  2. 2. C. S. Lewis was born on 29 November 1899 in Belfast at the Ballyhackamore House, No 47 Dundela Avenue (now a block of flats), to Albert & Flora Lewis A plague marks the site but we are not able to show any photo as we did not visit the place (we walked so much the whole day that we were too tired to locate the site)
  3. 3. Little Lea on the Circular Road was the Lewis’ family home from 1905 until 1930; today it is a private residence & it is not “little”
  4. 4. It was here that C. S. Lewis started writing as a hobby This was due to a disability in his thumbs which meant he could not make things with his hands C. S. Lewis & his older brother Warren used to play for hours in the attic—writing stories & drawing Photo courtesy of the Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton, Illinois pictures
  5. 5. As C. S. Lewis was educated at English public schools as a teenager, he did not stay here for a prolonged period of time To the young Lewis, the big house “seemed less like a house than a city”
  6. 6. St. Mark’s Church was the Lewis family church The church was designed by William Butterfield in 1876- 1878 The naves, aisles, & the tower were completed in 1878 at the cost of £10,000
  7. 7. Primrose Henderson’s great- grandfather, Sir William Ewart, spearheaded the building of this church After his death, the family paid for the cost of building on the chancel & transepts This was completed in 1891
  8. 8. C. S. Lewis was baptized by his maternal grandfather, Rev. Thomas Hamilton (the first rector of this church) on 29 January 1899
  9. 9. This memorial stained-glass window was presented by C. S. Lewis & his brother to the church in 1933 in memory of their father & mother It depicts (from right to left) St. Mark, St. James, & St. Luke
  10. 10. St. Mark is believed to be the first bishop of Alexandria & died there It is claimed his body was brought to Venice & was buried in San Marco St. Mark’s symbol, a winged lion, is the symbol of Venice Can you see the winged lion behind the apostle?
  11. 11. St. James’ shrine is at Compostela in Spain, a medieval place of pilgrimage Hence, he is seen with the pilgrim’s bag & staff, & the pilgrim’s badge, the scallop shell He holds a silver chalice, probably similar to the one which Arthur Lewis & his family presented to the church in 1908 in memory of their father, Richard Lewis
  12. 12. St. Luke is depicted with as a writer with an ox behind him
  13. 13. The lectern was presented to the church by the cousins of C. S. Lewis The eagle is the symbol of St. John & represents the Word of God (the open Bible behind it) being carried on eagle’s wings across the world
  14. 14. In William Butterfield’s design, the Communion Table is the most important object in the church & stands higher than the pulpit & the lectern
  15. 15. As a young boy, C. S. Lewis would have visited his maternal grandfather who lived in the Old Rectory Standing before the door as he waits of it be opened, what would he be looking at?
  16. 16. The “lion” door handle Could this have inspired the character of Aslan in the Narnia books?
  17. 17. C.S. Lewis was a pupil here for a short period He was there for the autumn term in 1910 as a boarder He had to withdraw due to respiratory problems
  18. 18. Outside the Holywood Arches Library is a sculpture of the character of Digory Kirke in The Magician’s Nephew (the sixth book of Lewis’ Chronicles of Narna) It is through Digory Kirke’s wardrobe, built from the wood of a magic apple tree, that the Pevensie children first enter Narnia
  19. 19. The Linen Hall Library, founded in 1788, is the oldest library in Belfast It houses books by and about C. S. Lewis

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