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 the Cowper & Newton Museum

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.

Flower & Summer House Gardens

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.

A Peek Inside Orchard Side House

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.

June & July in the Three Hares Gallery

An Art Exhibition by international artist, Naini Aliwhalia, is a real treat and so we’re delighted to be welcoming Naini to show her work in the Gallery during June and July.

John Newton’s Straw Work Box

An apparently unprepossessing artefact, a straw work box, was taken to a filming of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow last Summer at Wrest Park.

Family Fun

Family fun trails, challenges and fun things to do all year round for families at the Cowper & Newton Museum. Find out about our Summer Family trail – Georgian Party Time.

Campaign to Abolish the Slave Trade in Britain

“Am I Not a Man And a Brother?”

Georgian Dancers of Amazing Grace

Georgian Dancers of Amazing Grace – a dance group from the Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney.

Visit Olney

Places to eat, shop & enjoy the heritage of Olney and at the Cowper & Newton Museum

A reminder of some of our activities:

  • Visit throughout the Year our Glorious Gardens at the Cowper & Newton Museum

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