SP5106 : The Bird and Baby in St Giles

taken 9 years ago, near to Oxford, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

The Bird and Baby in St Giles
The Bird and Baby in St Giles
The pub's name relates to the crest of the Earls of Derby whose family fortune was owed, by legend, to an ancestor whose wife had failed to produce an heir. Conveniently, the earl had a secret illegitimate son and the story goes that he arranged to have the baby left under a nearby tree so that when he took his wife for a stroll in the park they lighted upon the child, apparently dropped by an eagle and abandoned - she took it to her heart and thus the inheritance was secured. (And such was aristocratic life...)
In more recent times the pub, known colloquially as the Bird and Baby, was the mid-C20 drinking den of The Inklings, a group of academic friends that included JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis as well as many other notable literary figures.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 4 March, 2008   (more nearby)
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Monday, 10 March, 2008
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Public house > Public house   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 511 068 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:45.4537N 1:15.6289W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 511 068
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