Society History

Formation of the Society

Our village is over 1000 years old and is listed in the Domesday Book.  Our unique heritage was surveyed in a book by the late Lionel Rigby, "Stoke Poges: A Buckinghamshire Village Through 1000 Years" published in 2000.  A few people decided that our village deserved a Society that will continue to uncover and preserve the valuable archive material that exists, and through activities and meetings stimulate interest in our locality, and build upon the marvellous work of Lionel Rigby.

And so The Stoke Poges Society was launched at an Open Evening on Tuesday May 12th 2009 at Stoke Place with about 120 people attending.  Marian Miller, Conservation Officer for South Bucks District Council, spoke about the Conservation areas in the Village, and the forthcoming Review, in which she looked forward to members of the Society being actively involved.  There were displays of photographs and interesting historical artefacts.  The launch was considered very enjoyable and successful, with over 80 people signing up on the night.

An immediate project for the Society was the reprinting of Lionel Rigby’s book, in conjunction with the Parish Council.

Thomas Gray Tercentenary

2016 marked the Tercentenary of the birth of Thomas Gray and the Society embarked on a restoration project to commemorate it.  Visit http://thomasgray2016.org/ for more information.

Other Activities

For a list of our past meetings and activities, please click here