Relatives of an Oxford professor are upset that a charity has ‘marginalized’ his name in favor of the author C.S. Lewis at the nature preserve they helped to buy.
The 12 acres of land, which once belonged to the writer of the Narnia stories, was bought in 1969 by a wildlife trust following a generous donation by the family of Prof. Henry Stephen, who lived next to the preserve.
Originally the preserve was called the Henry Stephen Nature Reserve in memory. Then, in 1980, the reserve was rededicated the Henry Stephen/CS Lewis Nature Reserve. Now the reserve is called the CS Lewis (In Memory of Henry Stephen) Nature Reserve.
The families of Prof. Stephen are out of sorts with this and battle is raging between them and the organization in charge of the preserve. Something tells me that somewhere Lewis and Stephen are both observing our grief and having a good laugh at us mere mortals.
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