One of C.S. Lewis’ Former Homes Could Be Torn Down

Hillsboro House Oxford Mail reports that campaigners are trying to save Hillsboro House, a former home of Narnia author C.S. Lewis, from being torn down for “potential redevelopment.”

Lewis lived at the house for eight years after serving in World War I. He and his friend Paddy Moore had made a pact that if one of them died in the war, the survivor would take care of the others’ family. Paddy was killed, so Lewis moved in with his mother, Janie Moore, to look after her. The house is located on Holyoake Road in Headington.

A spokesman for agents Elwood and Company said: โ€œThere is absolutely opportunity for it to be restored as a house. We are not advertising it to tear it down and build ‘X’ amount of flats, we have been instructed to put it up for sale.”

Abingdon resident Ronald Brind would like to save the house and “make it like the Kilns, as a place for visitors to explore.โ€

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8 Responses

  1. Louloudi the Centaur says:

    No, this is a house that should not be destroyed.

  2. Not Of This World says:

    No! We shall stand up and defend this house. We will fight (by peaceful diplomacy)! They shall not pass! For Narnia and For Aslan!

    Sorry, got a little carried away ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Just Queen, not High Queen says:

    DO NOT TEAR DOWN THIS HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Besides the fact that C.S. Lewis lived there, it looks like a nice house, anyway.

  4. ABBA Father says:

    Hope they don't do this. ๐Ÿ™

  5. Trumpkin says:

    It would be a shame to have this torn down!

  6. Cinnajava says:

    They most certainly should not tear it down. Don't they have a "historic buildings" list/register? Seems to me that they'd regret it later if they did that.
    Besides nothing can beat the charm of the old styles of house. Modern cookie cutter styles are so devoid of character.

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  8. Hermit of the Northern March says:

    I hope they don't tear it down. Looks can be deceiving but the house appears to be in very good shape, except for the shingles, but those can be replaced. Still, before this article I had only heard of this house once before – unlike the Kilns and Lewis' childhood home, Little Lea, in Belfast – so I do not think it will be too tragic if it does get torn down.