CS Lewis honoured with Westminster Abbey memorial

A memorial stone for Christian author and apologist CS Lewis was unveiled in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner on Friday, to mark 50 years since he died.

The stone is inscribed with a quotation from Mr Lewis: “I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen. Not only because I see it but because by it I can see everything else.”

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, paid tribute to CS Lewis during a special service.


Last week a CS Lewis festival took place in his hometown of Belfast, to celebrate his life and work.

The author was born in 1898 and is known for the Chronicles of Narnia series, which has sold 100 million copies worldwide.

The first instalment in the saga, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, was published in 1950 and has since been adapted for stage, TV and film.


Other works by CS Lewis include Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters, which the BBC serialised and broadcast on Radio 4 last week.

He was a Fellow and tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954.

He was then unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.