William Cowper and John Newton
'Visit the house in Olney where one of England's favourite poets William Cowper lived for twenty years, and imagine domestic life as he experienced it in late-Georgian times.'
'Enjoy his garden and the celebrated summer-house where he wrote, and where he used to meet his neighbour, the preacher and former slave trader John Newton, author of the hymn Amazing Grace.'
Welcome to Orchard Side House
Find out here what delights we have in store for you when you visit to relive Georgian life with us in our 18th century town house.
Visit our tranquil & historic Gardens. William Cowper was an innovative gardener at a time when seeds & plants were arriving from North America. Find out more here, including a plan of the gardens.
Take a peek inside Orchard Side House as we begin to unveil some of our hidden secrets. Visit the ‘Welcome’ page for a short guide to the other delights we have in store for you during your visit.
The Three Hares Gallery at the Cowper & Newton Museum gives a warm welcome to artists wishing to display their artworks with us.
All eyes are set to be on Olney in 2023, when the town will be at the centre of commemorations to mark the 250th anniversary of one of the world’s most beloved hymns, ‘Amazing Grace’.
A free three hares bookmark template & join in with the Easter hare gallery. Will your drawing be chosen to be Mr Cowper’s pet hares Tiney, Bess & Puss?
“Am I Not a Man And a Brother?”
Georgian Dancers of Amazing Grace – a dance group from the Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney.
Places to eat, shop & enjoy the heritage of Olney and at the Cowper & Newton Museum
A reminder of some of our activities:
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