Amazing Grace – John Newton in Olney

‘The Parish is large, the prosect pleasing and demands close attendance.  Besides, every day brings something unforeseen of its own.’

A new room dedicated to John Newton’s life in Olney as curate of St Peter & St Paul. With his friend Cowper, they wrote hymns for the people of Olney – the most famous today being ‘Amazing Grace’

Changing displays of pictures, objects, books & manuscripts which tell you more about his personal life in Olney & how he grew his congregation.

Find out how William & John first met in Huntingdon & why a move to the town of Olney was made.

Discover the earliest tunes associated with the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ and the development of the tune we know today.

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‘We have now and again a new hymn at Olney; I am willing to send your Lordship a specimen, Mr Cowper’s I shall mark with a W.C.’

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