Sara Fletcher

Profile updated 15/05/24

Regional Qualification(s):

City of Oxford Green Badge

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07967 122704

Contact guide

Introduction:

My name is Sara. I am an historian with a passion for the stories of people from the past, waterways and boats, art and literature. My love of Oxford began when I studied at Brasenose College, one of the 39 University colleges. I enjoy spending time here; staying on my narrowboat in Jericho, a vibrant suburb that extends along the Oxford Canal.

Come on a tour and let me share with you Oxford’s fascinating tales and curiosities. My special interests include: the city’s art and architecture; the University; ghosts and grizzly events; Harry Potter; Colin Dexter’s Morse; literary Oxford; Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland; CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien; Phillip Pulman and Lyra's Oxford; history of science and medicine; crime, punishment and policing through time; plagues and warfare; waterways; and the story of women in Oxford.

Special Interests:

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

My special subject at University was Medieval Book. I am enthralled by the artwork in illuminated manuscripts and the statues and stained glass windows in churches and cathedrals. I love pre-Raphaelite art and the Arts and Crafts movement.

Education

I am an experienced History and English teacher. I have designed tours and resources to support pupils prepare for their GCSE and A-Level History exams. There is nothing more memorable hearing the stories of the past where it actually happened.
Oxford is an ideal location to bring literature for young people to life. Tours open up the worlds created by authors such as JK Rowling (Harry Potter), Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland), CS Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia), JRR Tolkien (The Hobbit) and Phillip Pullman (His Dark Materials).

Churches & Cathedrals

England has a complex and intriguing religious history. There are many churches and a cathedral in Oxford; these buildings tell the story of this fascinating and often tumultuous past, in art and architecture. I am accredited to guide in Christ Church, one of Oxford's 39 colleges, and the site of Oxford's cathedral.

Literature

As a child I was transported to the fantastic worlds created by authors like Lewis Carroll, C S Lewis and JRR Tolkien. I have loved poetry and literature ever since. In my poetry and literature tours I celebrate the work and links to Oxford of many writers including: Oscar Wilde, WH Auden, CS Lewis, Evelyn Waugh, Dorothy Sayers, Matthew Arnold, JRR Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Phillip Pullman, Vera Britten and Sir John Betjeman.

Walking Tours

Come on a tour and let me share with you Oxford’s fascinating tales and curiosities. My special interests include: the city’s art and architecture; ghosts and grizzly events; Harry Potter; Colin Dexter’s Morse; literary Oxford; Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland; Phillip Pulman and Lyra's Oxford; history of science in Oxford; crime, punishment and policing through time; plagues and warfare; Oxford's waterways; and the story of women in Oxford.

Driver Guide:

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