Welcome to Stoke Poges
Stoke Poges lies in the south of Buckinghamshire, 23 miles west of Hyde Park Corner. It is conveniently located for London Heathrow, with rail links in neighbouring Gerrards Cross and Slough and easy access to the M4 and M40 motorways.
Stoke Poges is a safe and attractive place for families – with a choice of first class pre-schools, a highly regarded primary school in the village and within the catchment area for two of Buckinghamshire’s highly rated grammar schools and the Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ Chalfonts Community College.
Within the Green Belt, Stoke Poges is well served with sports and outdoor leisure pursuits. There are four golf courses in the parish and a choice of gyms, spas and tennis facilities. Nowhere in the village is more than a few hundred metres from a public footpath, making Stoke Poges a great place for walkers.
The village name ‘Stoke’ is one of the most common in the United Kingdom and means ‘hamlet’. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village was recorded as Stoche. The affix ‘Poges’ came later, and refers to the family that owned the manor in the village in the 13th century.
Thomas Gray’s ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ is believed to have been written in the churchyard of St Giles’ Church in Stoke Poges, Thomas Gray is buried at St Giles’. Stoke Poges is also mentioned in 20th century literature, in the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, where it is the location of a frequently visited golf course.
Adjacent to St Giles’ Church are the Grade One listed Memorial Gardens.
More recently, the James Bond film Goldfinger featured a golf match played between the principal characters, James Bond and Auric Goldfinger at Stoke Poges Golf Club, which has also featured in the films Layer Cake, Wimbledon and Bridget Jones’s Diary.