It was great to have left the heavy rucksacks in the Travelodge and we walked the few miles back into Oxford. We decided to ask people directions and we wandered around.
My friend is something of a devotee to Thomas Hardy and he wanted to find St Barnabas church in the Jericho area. Hardy worked on the church as an apprentice architect I think? He also featured it in Jude The Obscure. I read that book a long time ago and I have often wondered if it was autobiographical? Some people fulfil their dreams and some don't.
Anyway we found the church and above are some photos. It's an Anglican High church which is built in an Italian Basilica style. Sir John Betjeman wrote a poem about the church and it was even featured in an episode of Inspector Morse.
We noticed the church was open and we walked around this beautiful building whilst an organist played classic hymn music. It was wonderful and enchanting.
Tomorrow I will write a post about C S Lewis, JRR Tolkien and the other Inklings.