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Oxford Botanic Garden Bench
Public DomainOxford Botanic Garden Bench - Credit: Mdiamante

This bench actually exists in the Univesity of Oxford Botanic Garden at the back of the garden. The Garden as a whole has also appeared in other works of literature. Check out the wiki here.

The bench represents a similar point that stands between the two parallel universes where Lyra & Will may meet. Someone has even carved their names into the actual bench at Oxford (pictured).


Lyra + Will Carving
Public DomainLyra + Will Carving - Credit: Mdiamante