The Museum – Orchard Side and Gilpin House

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Welcome to Orchard Side and Gilpin House, the home oOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAf  William Cowper, renowned 18th century poet from 1768 to 1786.  Walk back in time through rooms featuring numerous personal artefacts and belongings.  Discover Cowper’s comic sense of humour, his poetry and writings, the highs and lows in his life and his love of gardening and animals – especially his pet hares.

Discover how his friend John Newton‘s life and personal experience inspired him to write the world’s most famous hymn ‘Amazing Grace’, here in Olney.  Learn about his time as a slave trade captain, as a slave himself;  how he became  the curate of the parish church, his involvement in the abolition of slavery and his spiritual influence on William Wilberforce.


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