Aliens in This World

An ordinary Catholic and a science fiction and fantasy fan.

Saturday, February 28, 2004

"Fair Science Frown'd Not on His Humble Birth": Astronomer in a Country Churchyard

St. Laurence's Church, Slough, Buckinghamshire was local to Thomas Gray (1716-1771, and may have inspired his famous "Elegy in a Country Churchyard". (Though, to be fair, St. Giles' Church in Stoke Poges claims that, too, and probably many others.) It was also where the astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822) was buried. In 2001, apparently someone donated a nice stained glass window dedicated to the memory of the discoverer of Uranus. Note the telescope in the bottom right hand corner of the window.


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