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 and Stoke Poges Society are collaborating on several events this summer to celebrate his legacy.
Remembering Thomas Gray - short service and wreath laying
Friday 30 July 2021 at 11am
Following on from the wonderful Thomas Gray Art Exhibition, the next event is on Friday 30th July, at 11am when there'll be a short liturgy in St Giles’ church to remember the life of Thomas Gray and give thanks for his poetry.
Franzi Cheeseman, Head Gardener at Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens and Sandra Greenslade, Chair' of the Mobbs Memorial Trust will be laying wreaths on his tomb afterwards.
It is note worthy that the date is exactly 250 years ago since he died on 30th July, 1771 and was buried a week later in St Giles’ churchyard.
Heritage Open Day - with Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens and the National Trust
Sunday 12 September 2021 from 2pm to 5pm - more details to follow