A View from a Narnia Bench at Bangor Castle

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A special request went out, a commission of sorts to help me finish my CS Lewis Narnia Trail. I needed some help and help came my way via facebook of all places.  When we were on holiday last month I did not get all the photos I would have liked of all the different places that CS Lewis is officially recognised in Northern Ireland.  So you can just imagine my delight  when two of my facebook friends offered to help and off they went and took the photos I requested.  So a big thankyou goes out to both of you.
This very same spot is where CS Lewis used to sit with his friend Arthur Greeves looking out over Belfast Lough towards the Antrim Hills.
CS Lewis bench at Bangor overlooking Belfast Lough
From  Graham…… thankyou!
From his favourite vantage point CS Lewis, saint and scholar from the County Down enjoyed a view of the countryside  and Belfast Lough after walking tours locally with his lifelong friend Arthur Greeves.
Devoted to his native County and Oxford University, CS Lewis loved both places.  His description of perfection recorded in “CS Lewis – at home  in Ireland” says it all:
“Heaven is Oxford lifted  and placed in the middle of County Down”
During 1998 North Down Heritage Centre made an important contribution to the C.S.  Lewis Centenary Celebration and here is that seat with the view from Bangor Heritage Centre at Bangor Castle.
CS Lewis bench at Bangor overlooking Belfast Lough
From  Pastor Sam……. thankyou!
and of the gardens and Castle which is now a small museum.
Bangor Castle Gardens Northern Ireland in Spring
From Pastor Sam…..thankyou!
I would also like to thank James O’Fee for linking to all of the Narnia series on leavesnbloom.  The main room in the Bangor Museum on Early Christian Ireland is named The Mary O’Fee Gallery with a plaque in his mothers memory.
He writes:

Up till then the panorama must have been magnificent. Around 1972, however, with local government reorganisation, commercial interests obtained planning permission to erect a large building in the centre of the panorama for a department store. For many years the building was coloured an intrusive shade of pink. My mother, who was a local Councillor at the time, claimed that planning permission would never have been granted in normal times. The view that remains is appreciated best from the Humbert Craig Room in the Town Hall, where I’ve sat often myself on many committees.

You can read lots more detail of the story about the bench on his blog.


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Rosie is based in Perth, Perthshire as a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the Scottish outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at the only photographic gallery in Scotland - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.

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    Great post! Enjoyed it. This is a magic place. How nice to get the help from the friends from facebook for the pictures. I have to say the technology does make the world smaller, and bring people closer.

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    Hi Rosie,

    It was a pleasure to join you on the outing – thanks for taking us along!


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