Gray's Elegy - Stoke Poges - the Beautiful English Village made Famous by the Poet, Thomas Gray



'In the picturesque old churchyard of Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire– under the centuries old yew tree “beneath whose shade the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep”–Thomas Gray, the eighteenth century poet, conceived his immortal elegy. The film is full of the atmosphere of this peaceful countryside. It shows the old church with its fine stained-glass windows; Stoke Court, where Gray used to stay with his mother; and Stoke Manor House, where King Charles I was once held prisoner. Gray’s Elegy forms the commentary to these lovely scenes that inspired the poet. Here is the “cool sequester vale” of the English countryside, :far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife”–and, as the film draws to a close we see, in a meadow near the churchyard, the monument erected to the poet’s memory.'[1]

Date: 1938
Duration: 16:--

Director: Harold Simpson
Production Company: TIDA
Producer: Victor M. Gover
Cinematographer: James Rogers
Composer: W.H. Ewen
Narration: Morton King
Editor: -
Sound Recording: -
Voice: Lawrence Anderson
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  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1940