William Cowper’s Bedroom

Greatcoats to waistcoats, shoe buckles to day caps, depression & fame …
Take a glimpse into the 18th century life of a foremost poet, letter writer & translator of Homer

Often a place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life in the house, this is where William wrote the popular poem ‘The Diverting History of John Gilpin’.

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.The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Home Again

John Gilpin was a citizen
Of credit and renown,
A trainband captain eke was he
Of famous London town.
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Away went Gilpin, neck or nought;
Away went hat and wig;
He little dreamt, when he set out,
Of running such a rig.
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John Gilpin – Decorative objects and plate

(ODHS) linkto John Gilpin picture book

Move on to Amazing Grace – John Newton in Olney