The Thomas Gray Monument, Stoke Poges

Gray’s Monument, Stoke Poges

Welcome to the Stoke Poges Thomas Gray 2016 Tercentenary.

Thomas Gray (26 December 1716 – 30 July 1771) was an English poet, letter-writer, classical scholar and academic. His Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard is arguably the most famous poem written in the English language and is believed to have been written in Stoke Poges, a village with which Gray had a close association throughout his life and where he was buried.

2016 was the 300th anniversary of his birth.
2021 is the 250th anniversary of his death.

Events for 2021

Gray Art Exhibition

Date and time: Monday 21 June to Saturday 26 June 2021. Times to be confirmed.
Where: Inside St Giles’ Church, Church Lane, Stoke Poges SL2 4NZ
Description of Event:
Gray Art Exhibition (to mark the 250th anniversary year of Thomas Gray’s death). This art exhibition is focussed on Thomas Gray and St Giles’ church. Works of art from community groups and schools, together with either original or reproduced art from Colleges attended by Thomas Gray will be on display.

Do you have a relevant artwork that could be included? If so, please look at the Church’s website at:
That website also has an opportunity to be Artist in Residence, and details of a Sketching Afternoon at the Church.

This event is being organised by Stoke Poges Church in partnership with The Stoke Poges Society. Times of opening are to be confirmed nearer the time.   www.stokepogeschurch.org

Remembering Thomas Gray

Date and time: Friday 30 July 2021 at 11am
Where: St Giles’ church, Church Lane, Stoke Poges SL2 4NZ.
Description of Event:
There will be a short liturgy in St Giles’ church to remember the life of Thomas Gray and give thanks for his poetry. Then a wreath will be laid on his tomb. He died 250 years ago on 30th July, 1771 and was buried a week later in St Giles’ churchyard. Stoke Poges Church will make arrangements with regard to Covid-19 restrictions such as booking and social distancing inside the church.   www.stokepogeschurch.org

Heritage Open Day

Date and time: Sunday 12 September 2021 from 2pm to 5pm
Where: Memorial Gardens, Church Lane, Stoke Poges SL2 4NZ,
and St Giles’ church and at Gray’s monument, Gray’s Field.
Description of Event:
The annual Heritage Open Day will take place in the Memorial Gardens, St Giles’ church and at Gray’s monument. Members of The Stoke Poges Society will be staffing a welcome desk beside the Memorial Gardens office. Members of Stoke Poges Church will be able to assist with information at St Giles’ church. There will also be a rare opportunity to visit the bell tower and learn more about bell ringing. National Trust staff will provide help and information at Gray’s monument.

This event is being run by The Stoke Poges Society   e-voice.org.uk/stoke-poges-society/
with the support of the Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens (part of Bucks Council)   www.southbucks.gov.uk/stokepogesmemorialgardens
Stoke Poges Church & Bell Ringers and the National Trust   www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/grays-monument-and-grays-field-stoke-poges-buckinghamshire


Eton College Exhibition

Eton College have put together an online exhibition and are planning a physical exhibition in the College Library for the autumn of 2021. For more details, see:

The Stoke Poges Society  The Stoke Poges Society website

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