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Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 62 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

 
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Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 62
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Stoke Poges Church Buckinghamshire [August 13, 1905]  the outside wall of the church opposite. He wrote the inscription for his mother's place of rest. The interior of the church is very quaint, its curious divisions and arches, its memorial tablets, its emblazoned arms of the neighboring gentry and narrow windows with the curious iron gratings covering them. But of course the churchyard is the truly interesting place for here Gray wrote his elegy. There is still the ivy-mantled tower from which the curfew tolled the knell of parting day, there is still the yew trees spreading shade under which rises the turf in many a mouldering heap. This yew tree is a fine tree. It is about five feet in diameter at the    ::::::::: [Stoke Poges Church] August 13, 1905  ground and has a perfectly sound trunk. After Gray's death every one wanted to be buried beneath the tree. The sexton said 150 people were buried under its branches. No wonder it flourishes! No wonder it is young and lusty, though 500 years old. The ivy-mantled tower where the owls complain is a square battlemented tower characteristic of English architecture. Since Gray's day it has been disfigured by being surmounted with a wooden steeple. The old tower proper is of stone and is ivy=mantled all right. The church walls (1200?) are made of a sort of broken flint-like rubble-stone, with the smooth flat (broken) surface faced outwards. An addition to the choir is made of brick.
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