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Discovering Tong - Its History, Myths and Curiosities

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If you want to know more about this book or the village of Tong, its history and its association with St Bartholomew's please visit:

Walks from St Bartholomew’s Church

4 circular walks taking in local points of historical interest. set of 4 maps on sale at the church. £2.00.

In addition to these feaured publications there is a short, informative guide available for £3, plus a selection of postcards.

Shakespeare's Stanley Epitaphs in Tong, Shropshire

Sir Edward received in 1601-3 from his friend William Shakespeare two Verse Epitaphs for his family tomb in Tong, Shropshire. These are the only ones still to be seen today except for the one on the Bard's own gravestone. Sir Edward, through his Stanley cousins, his Vernon mother and his Percy wife, happened to be rather closely related to three Earl Alternative Authorship Candidates, several characters in Shakespeare's Lancastrian History Plays and several candidates for the 'Dark Lady' of the Sonnets. Sir Edward can thus be seen as a pivotal figure in the Shakespeare-Stanley constellation. This book concludes with the first ever biographies of of him and his father Sir Thomas Stanley, who suffered for planning to help Mary, Queen of Scots escape from Chatsworth in 1570.
This book includes 29 Chapters, 12 Appendices, an 8-page colour block and 99 black and white illustrations, and a comprehensive Bibliography and Index.

Copies available from within the church.
Price £25.

A shorter version of the above text,
Shakespeare's Stanley Epitaphs in Tong,
is also available.

As well as those mentioned above, there are the two books of J.E. Auden’s notes which were collected, edited and published by Joyce Frost, wife of Archdeacon George Frost who combined his job as archdeacon with that of vicar of Tong . J. E Auden was vicar 1896 – 1913 ( uncle of the poet W.H. Auden). It covers a range of things to do with Tong including some fascinating snippets.

A book of  selected sermons, lectures and writings by The Very Reverend Robert Jeffery who was the first archdeacon to combine his role with that of vicar of Tong and was entranced by the place and its history. It is through his research that we have the book “ Discovering Tong” with the first penetrating description of life at the Castle under the  extraordinary Durants – one of whom had 53 children! Bob Jeffery was buried at Tong in January 2017 in an unmarked grave but there are two small glass lozenges in the north window of the chancel on the east side of the screen to remember him and his wife Ruth. 

In the Shropshire Archives are the Reports of the Tong Archaeological Group under the leadership of Alan Wharton which excavated  the site of Tong Castle in the decade from 1976.