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Cowper and Newton Museum (Olney)

The Cowper and Newton Museum is a fascinating museum at Olney in Buckinghamshire.

It is situated in the Market Place.

The house was the home of the 18th century poet William Cowper, originator of the line "God moves in a mysterious way".

Cowper was helped through bouts of depression by his friend John Newton, the curate at Olney. Newton was the ex-slave trader who wrote, among other works "Amazing Grace" and "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken".

Newton eventually moved to London, where he became the incumbent at St. Mary Woolnoth.

There are two peaceful gardens and a restored summerhouse that belonged to Cowper.

The house contains a costume gallery, an important collection of bobbin lace, and displays relating to Cowper and Newton and to local history in general.

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