Stoke Poges

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Stoke Poges
Stoke Poges Church.JPG
St. Giles' parish church
Stoke Poges is located in Buckinghamshire
Stoke Poges
Stoke Poges
Location within Buckinghamshire
Area10.09 km2 (3.90 sq mi)
Population4,752 (2011 census)[1]
• Density471/km2 (1,220/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU9884
Civil parish
  • Stoke Poges
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSlough
Postcode districtSL2
Dialling code01753
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
WebsiteStoke Poges Buckinghamshire
List of places
51°32′46″N 0°35′02″W / 51.546°N 0.584°W / 51.546; -0.584Coordinates: 51°32′46″N 0°35′02″W / 51.546°N 0.584°W / 51.546; -0.584

Stoke Poges is a green-buffered scattered village and civil parish in the South Bucks district of Buckinghamshire, England. It is centred 2.7 miles (4.3 km) north-north-east of Slough (historically Upton-cum-Chalvey), its post town, and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southeast of Farnham Common.

Origin of the name[edit]

In the name Stoke Poges, stoke means "stockaded (place)" that is staked with more than just boundary-marking stakes. In the Domesday Book of 1086, the village was recorded as Stoche. William Fitz-Ansculf, who held the manor in 1086 (in the grounds of which the Norman parish church was built), later became known as William Stoches or William of Stoke. Two hundred years after William, Amicia of Stoke, heiress to the manor, married Robert Pogeys, Knight of the Shire, and the village eventually became known as Stoke Poges; the spelling appearing as "Stoke Pocheys", if applicable to this village, may suggest the pronunciation of the second part to have a slightly more open "o" sound compared with the word "Stoke".[2]

Stoke Poges Manor House[edit]

A manor house at Stoke Poges was built before the Norman Conquest and was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book. In 1555 the owner, Francis Hastings, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon, pulled down much of the existing fortified house, he replaced it with a large Tudor brick-built house, with numerous chimneys and gables. In 1599 it was acquired by Sir Edward Coke, who is said to have entertained Queen Elizabeth I there in 1601.

A few decades later, the married lady of the manor, Frances Coke, Viscountess Purbeck, the daughter of Sir Edward Coke, had a love affair with Robert Howard, a member of parliament; the affair's discovery was received as a scandal upon the three people involved, and in 1635 Lady Frances was imprisoned for adultery. She later escaped from prison to France, and eventually returned and lived at Stoke Poges Manor for a time, she died at Oxford in 1645 at the court of King Charles I.

Charles I himself was imprisoned at Stoke Poges Manor in 1647 before his execution.

Later the manor came into the possession of Thomas Penn, a son of William Penn who founded Pennsylvania and was its first proprietor. Thomas Penn held three-fourths of the proprietorship; the manor property remained in his family for at least two generations, as his son John Penn "of Stoke" also lived there. Thomas Gray's 1750 poem "A Long Story" describes the house and its occupants.[3] Sir Edwin Henry Landseer was a frequent visitor to the house and rented it as a studio for some time, his most famous painting, The Monarch of the Glen (1851), is said to have been created at Stoke Poges, with the deer in the park used as models.


Stoke Poges has a primary school called The Stoke Poges School. There is also a Sikh faith secondary school, Khalsa Secondary Academy, whose curriculum includes horse riding and archery, it is rated 'Good' by Ofsted.

St Giles' church[edit]

Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" is believed to have been written in the churchyard of the Church of England parish church of Saint Giles in Stoke Poges, also known as the Stoke Poges Church. Other churches have claimed the honour, including St Laurence's Church, Upton-cum-Chalvey and St Mary's in Everdon, Northamptonshire.

Gray's Monument, Stoke Poges

Gray is buried at St Giles'. John Penn "of Stoke" had a large monument built, displaying verses from the Elegy, nearby.

The Georgian rectory was built by Thomas Penn of Stoke Park in 1765, it is now a private residence called Elegy House.

In film, fiction and the media[edit]

Notable natives and residents[edit]

  • Thomas Penn, son of William Penn and proprietor of Pennsylvania, with three-fourths holding.
  • Jacques Laffite, the French Formula One racing driver who won six Grands Prix for Ligier during the late 1970s and early 1980s, lived in Stoke Poges during some of his racing career.
  • Sir Henry Martin (Marten) (c.1562–1641), DCL, Fellow of New College, King's Advocate for James I, 1609, and Judge of Admiralty Court (1617–1641) is reported to have been born at Stokes Poges.[7]

Notable organizations[edit]

  • Fulmer Research Institute, A pioneer contract research and development organization. From 1946 to 1990 its headquarters was in Hollybush Hill, Stoke Poges.


Stoke Poges compared
2001 UK Census Stoke Poges
South Bucks
Population 4,839 61,945 49,138,831
Foreign born 11.9% 12.2% 9.2%
White 93.3% 93.4% 90.9%
Asian 4.8% 4.5% 4.6%
Black 0.3% 0.4% 2.3%
Christian 76.5% 75.6% 71.7%
Muslim 1.1% 1.1% 3.1%
Hindu 0.7% 1.2% 1.1%
No religion 10.6% 12.5% 14.6%
Unemployed 1.8% 1.9% 3.3%
Retired 16.8% 14.8% 13.5%

At the 2001 UK census, the Stoke Poges electoral ward had a population of 4,839; the ethnicity was 93.3% white, 1.3% mixed race, 4.8% Asian, 0.3% black and 0.3% other. The place of birth of residents was 88.1% United Kingdom, 1.6% Republic of Ireland, 2.5% other Western European countries, and 7.8% elsewhere. Religion was recorded as 76.5% Christian, 0.2% Buddhist, 0.7% Hindu, 2.7% Sikh, 0.5% Jewish, and 1.1% Muslim. 10.6% were recorded as having no religion, 0.2% had an alternative religion and 7.6% did not state their religion.[8]

The economic activity of residents aged 16–74 was 40.8% in full-time employment, 11.6% in part-time employment, 12.6% self-employed, 1.8% unemployed, 1.5% students with jobs, 3.1% students without jobs, 16.8% retired, 6.7% looking after home or family, 2.5% permanently sick or disabled and 2.5% economically inactive for other reasons. The industry of employment of residents was 15.4% retail, 13.4% manufacturing, 6.9% construction, 21.1% real estate, 9.2% health and social work, 7.3% education, 8.8% transport and communications, 3.5% public administration, 3.4% hotels and restaurants, 2.8% finance, 0.8% agriculture and 7.4% other. Compared with national figures, the ward had a relatively high proportion of workers in real estate, transport and communications. According to Office for National Statistics estimates, during the period of April 2001 to March 2002 the average gross weekly income of households was £870, compared with an average of £660 in South East England. Of the ward's residents aged 16–74, 28.4% had a higher education qualification or the equivalent, compared with 19.9% nationwide.[8]

In 2011, The Daily Telegraph deemed Stoke Poges as Britain's eighth richest village and the third richest village in Buckinghamshire.[9]

2011 Published Statistics: Population, home ownership and extracts from Physical Environment, surveyed in 2005[1]
Output area Homes owned outright Owned with a loan Socially rented Privately rented Other km² roads km² water km² domestic gardens km² domestic buildings km² non-domestic buildings Usual residents km²
Civil parish 727 717 183 159 28 0.397 0.076 1.422 0.176 0.057 4752 10.09


Hamlets within Stoke Poges parish include:

  • Hollybush Hill
  • Stoke Green


  1. ^ a b Key Statistics: Dwellings; Quick Statistics: Population Density; Physical Environment: Land Use Survey 2005
  2. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP40/647;; second entry, with "London" in the margin, & with defendants Thomas Clerk, William Adam, John Lambard & John Spykernell of Stoke Pocheys.
  3. ^ "A Long Story". Thomas Gray Archive. December 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Goldfinger film locations (1964)".
  5. ^ J. Lee Thompson (Director), Gregory Peck (Actor) (1969). "The Chairman" (also known as "The Most Dangerous Man in the World") (Film). Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, England: Twentieth Century Fox.
  6. ^ "For Your Eyes Only film locations".
  7. ^ Brief Lives John Aubrey Clarendon Press, 1898 – Great Britain
  8. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Statistics". Retrieved 20 April 2008.
  9. ^ "Britain's richest villages". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 April 2011.

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