Visits to The Cowper & Newton Museum and Orchard House, Olney

Date(s) - 17/07/2019
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Cowper & Newton Museum

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The Cowper & Newton Museum

Our visit to the Museum includes guided tours of both the Garden and House/Museum. The Museum building is originally of the Georgian era and celebrates the work and lives of the celebrated poet William Cowper (1731–1800) and his friend John Newton, prominent slave trade abolitionist. Together they wrote the Olney Hymns, including ‘Amazing Grace’.The Museum has recently undergone refurbishment and is truly fascinating. The Garden is also of great interest, planted only with specimens introduced to England before 1800.

We have recently completed a Research and Recording Group dossier on the Museum’s gardens.

Here is a leaflet about the house and garden and one about the garden, just click on to download

Orchard House, Olney

In the afternoon we will visit nearby Orchard House starting at 2.30pm, with a guided tour of House and Garden. Home of Mr & Mrs Zenon Szczech, Orchard House (subject of another of our Research and Recording Dossiers in January 2018), comprises two 18th-century terrace houses united and remodelled in Arts and Crafts style, c.1904/10, by A.E. Anderson brother of the Director of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art. During the last six years Mr Szczech has restored the house, still very much a work in progress, as is the garden.

The garden was laid out c.1850-1910 to a design by Perkins Nurseries of Northampton and focuses on a 17th-century thatched cottage orné dividing the garden into two compartments (above). An early 20th-century conservatory has recently been restored, along with a greenhouse designed and built by W.S.Revitt of Olney. A former stable/motor house is integral to the garden, not to mention a generator-house, the earliest surviving in Olney.

Cost for both visits: £15 for members, £16 for guests;
includes coffee/tea on arrival at the Museum.

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Please note this visit is limited to 20 places.