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“Go and sit in the Garden”

Cowper and Newton Museum
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Olney
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Relive Georgian life in the home of the poet William Cowper, where he used to meet his friend, the preacher and former slave trader John Newton, author of the hymn 'Amazing Grace' Find out about the life and works of both men, including their involvement in the campaign to abolish the slave trade. A visit to the Museum also includes the Gardens and Three Hares Art Gallery.
Northampton, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Go and sit in the Garden”
Reviewed 17 January 2013

Cowper kept Hares and he would sit in his summer house and talk to them.

(Look under the loose floor board for his pipe and tobacco pouch if it is still there.)

A lovely place to contemplate the world.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Merlin1946
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Quaint museum for two larger than life characters”
Reviewed 11 January 2013

William Cowper is one of England's greatest poets and John Newton is famous for his hymn 'Amazing Grace' and his part in the abolition of the slave trade. The museum is housed in the very house where Cowper lived and even has the hole in the wall where Cowper's pet hares could come and go from his sitting room. In the peaceful and well-kept garden is the summer-house where Newton and Cowper would meet - Cowper's garden backing on to the Vicarage garden where Newton resided as the Parish priest. In the floor of the summer house is a loose floorboard, under which, I was told, Newton kept his pipe and tobacco. Besides containing memorabilia of Cowper's stay - and a painting of the man - and of the African Slave Trade there are examples of local lace-making and some geological specimens from the area. Well worth a visit - and some nice little places to eat nearby and walks along the River Ouse as well.

Visited May 2012
2 Thank markwilkinson86
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“local interest”
Reviewed 6 November 2012

a really interesting little museum with a lovely garden area at the back. The museum has helpful friendly staff and has enough variety of exhibits etc to make it a must for visitors to Olney

Visited March 2012
1 Thank Trevor C
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37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A Little Learing”
Reviewed 18 October 2012

I lived in the town at the time and wanted to know something about the towns history. Great but smallish museum. Worth a visit if you are in Olney.

1 Thank turveytortie
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Not open, in spite of the museum website saying it was!”
Reviewed 2 August 2012

We carefully made sure this place would be open on 4 June, a Bank Holiday Monday, by checking the museum website, which at the time showed it was indeed open then. It was closed! I later emailed the museum House Manager, who seemed to think that we should have checked Facebook or Twitter for updates: what? (In fact I checked after her email, and there was no such update on the museum's Facebook page. And I also noticed that the original website entry had been very swiftly deleted.) After all that inconvenience, I wasn't even offered complimentary tickets for next time. But there certainly won't be a next time.

The parish church, by the way, has a number of Cowper/Newton related things, and we highly recommend this.

Visited June 2012
3 Thank tonyshaw14
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