Events to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the death of Thomas Gray 

St Giles' Church, Stoke Poges, SL2 4NZ   

St Giles' was the inspiration for Gray's "Elegy in a Country Churchyard" and his final resting place. His tomb is in the churchyard and a memorial stands in neighbouring Gray's Field. The church congregation and Stoke Poges Society are collaborating on several events this summer to celebrate his legacy. 

Art Exhibition 21st-26th June 2021

Thomas Gray

The elegy and church have inspired many artworks over the years but for the exhibition, we are seeking Visual Art of any medium for display but not for sale, which must feature either Thomas Gray himself, his memorial or tomb. Work is welcomed from local artists, alive or not, alongside antique prints or originals. 
As this is not a sale of work, there is no charge to exhibit but an entry form must be completed (see below). Artists may display contact details with the artwork if they wish.
The exhibition will be manned at all times when not locked but artists should use their own exhibition insurance if applicable. If you have queries about insurance of valuable works, please contact the Church Office.
Delivery day
If you would like us to hang the work, please deliver on Saturday 19th between 2-5pm. If you would prefer to set up your own display, please bring it to the church on Sunday 20th between 2-5pm. Please contact us if you cannot make those times.
All work will be placed on tables or standing easels, not hung on a wall or display board. Please advise whether you are able to supply an easel or display stand appropriate for your work. Tables will be supplied. Unframed work must be mounted and cellophane wrapped.
Covid restrictions appropriate to the local area at that time will be adhered to throughout the exhibition and these details plus opening times / ticketing will be advised nearer the date.

Exhibition Entry Form

Please complete a separate form for each artwork. By completing this form, you agree to Stoke Poges Church using and storing your personal details for the purposes of this exhibition only.
Title of work 

Year of work (approx. year if known or leave blank) 

Size (width x height  to nearest cm, including frame) 
Medium - e.g. oil, watercolour etc
I can supply a suitable display stand/easel
Any other information about the work that you would like to share as part of the display (max 500 characters) 

Contact Name:
Email Address:

Artist in Residence

If you would be interested in being an Artist in Residence during the week of the exhibition, please email us.

Sketching Afternoon

Monday 21st Jun 1-5pm

Local artist and member of the congregation at Stoke Poges Church, Heather McDowell will be hosting a sketching afternoon open to all. Please email Heather for more details.

Other events this summer


Remembering Thomas Gray - short service and wreath laying

Friday 30 July 2021 at 11am - more details to follow


Heritage Open Day - with Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens and the National Trust

Sunday 12 September 2021 from 2pm to 5pm - more details to follow