Holt is a charming market town located in north
Both W. H. Auden and Stephen Spender attended
Gresham's School which is situated close to the town.
Gresham's is a boarding school (now co-educational)
which was founded in 1555 by Sir John Gresham.
Both poets later went on to
study at Oxford University and became part of a
group of left wing 1930s poets - often referred to
collectively as 'MacSpaunday' - which
also included C. D. Lewis and Louis MacNeice.
The school's theatre is called the 'Auden Theatre' and
there is a memorial to the poet - made by Keith Bailey
(2000) - which lies to the south of the school chapel.
Auden Memorial by Keith Bailey (Photograph by Sarah
Auden described his schooldays at Gresham's in an essay
entitled The Old School (1934).
In 1925, during his last year at Gresham's, Auden wrote
an elegy to a pupil who had fallen from a tree and died.
Here is the last verse which has echoes of his later
memorial to W.B Yeats: