Magna Carta focus for annual lecture
Sir John Baker with Gaby Battrick, Robin RussellJones and Barbara Askew, members of The Stoke Poges Society SOCIETY members continued an annual tradition by hearing a lecture in honour of a historical village figure.
The Stoke Poges Society heard the third Edward Coke Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, July 16 at Stoke Park Hotel.
The lecture is held once a year on the subject of Edward Coke, who was one of the country’s most important lawyers in the late 1500s and early 1600s.
He served as Attorney General and presided over the trials of figures such as Sir Walter Raleigh and the gunpowder plotters including Guy Fawkes.
Coke owned Stoke Poges Manor House from 1596 until 1634 and last week’s talk was given by Sir John Baker, professor emeritus at Cambridge University.
This year, the talk dealt with Coke’s reviving of the principles of the Magna Carter in 1628, and was given to coincide with the original sealing of the famous document 800 years ago.