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    St. Giles church
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    Church and graveyard
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    Memorial plaque
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    by grandmaR Updated Sep 9, 2006

    My mom was an English lit major in college, and she was really into English poetry. So when we visited England in 1950, one thing we absolutely had to do was visit all the famous sites that she'd read about including Poets Corner in Westminister Abbey.

    Thomas Gray's 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard' is believed to have been written in the churchyard of the St Giles Church in Stoke Poges. (Stoke means Hamlet, and Poges was the name of the family there). Apparently he Gray wrote his Elegy when his mother died.

    And Thomas Gray was buried at St Giles on August 6, 1771. So we went to Stokes Poges. These are two of the photos that were taken on that visit.

    As the plaque says, the tomb of Thomas Gray was buried next to his mother Dorothy Gray at his request. Her sister Mary Antrobus is also buried in the vault. The tomb of Thomas Gray is immediately below the east window of the Hastings Chapel.

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