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’

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


‘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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