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Pews for thought: did these seats inspire JRR Tolkien to write The Hobbit?

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Visitors to the Boho Bakery might find themselves on a seat that could have inspired a famous author.

The venue at Court Farm, Kings Stanley, has recently taken delivery of some Victorian-era church pews.

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Pennie McKenzie on one of the pews from St Edward’s Church, Stow-on-the-Wold. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

“They’re from St Edward’s Church, Stow-on-the-Wold,” said owner Pennie Mackenzie. 

“They were from the back area of the church, which had a new floor put in, so the pews were removed to create a nice area to gather in.”

Picture by Spencer Means | Pews for thought: did these seats inspire JRR Tolkien to write The Hobbit?

St Edward’s Church features its famous North Door, flanked by yew trees, which some believe inspired JRR Tolkien’s Hobbit house. Tolkien was a professor of Anglo-Saxon literature at Oxford and toured the Cotswolds on a number of occasions.

“I’d like to think the author might have sat on one of the pews and got inspiration for The Hobbit,” added Pennie.

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