The front of 'Orchardside',William Cowper's house. Taken from the Market Square,Olney,Buckinghamshire.
The Cowper and Newton Museum (Olney)
Type: Other places
Web site: http://www.cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk/
Twitter account: @https://twitter.com/CowpNewtMu
Description: Relive Georgian life by walking through the doors at the Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney. Founded in 1900 as a memorial to the Poet William Cowper and his friend, John Newton.
With its historic townhouse, authentic gardens and some of the greatest stories of the Georgian era be transported back time as you walk through Cowper's original home (where he lived from 1768 to 1786) lovingly preserved, featuring a vast array of his personal artefacts and belongings.
Discover Cowper's comic sense of humour, his poetry and writings, such as 'The Task','The Diverting History of John Gilpin', 'The Castaway' and 'Olney Hymns', his dark depressions and love of garden and animals – especially his three pet hares.
Experience life on board a slave ship and discover the journey that took Cowper’s friend, John Newton, from slave trade captain and slave himself to Olney Parish Curate and inspired him to write the world’s most famous hymn ‘Amazing Grace’.
Or simply escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the sensory pleasures of two peaceful and tranquil Georgian gardens – The Walled Flower Garden with its numerous plants, shrubs and flowers dating back to 1800 and The Summer House Garden with its 300 year old garden house, medicinal plants, herbs and heritage fruit and vegetables all maintained organically, encouraging all forms of wild life.
Spend the rest of your visit looking round the Market town of Olney with its beautiful 13th century church; Georgian architecture and market place; nearby country park at Emberton; unique gift and boutique shopping; and a great choice of restaurants, cafés and pubs for quick stops or leisurely dining.
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Museums at Night - Discover Cowper's Summer house and all its secrets (Saturday, May 16 at 7pm)
Discover William Cowper’s
Summer House and all its secrets.
Our 18thC garden originally belonged to the apothecary who lived next door to Orchard Side. After his death, Cowper was allowed the use of this former medicinal and herbal garden. Selected friends were allowed to visit him in the unique building in the centre, which he described as his ‘verse manufactory’ or ‘sulking house’ dependent on his mood. After the poet’s death admirers of his works visited this small ‘literary shrine’ and many inscribed their names and dates on the walls and ceiling, the earliest found being 1802!
Follow a lantern-lit pathway through the gardens to William Cowper’s Summer House. Enjoy a glass of wine, music and conversation, learn more about the summer house’s history and be treated to a fabulous talk by Lisa Gee on William Hayley, Cowper’s biographer and the Poet Laureate that England never had.
Entrance £6 per adult (to include wine) (CowpNewt)… (more)
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