Amazing Pilgrimage

A Pilgrimage walk for the common good.

Cowper & Newton Museum

'Visit the house in Olney where one of England's favourite poets William Cowper lived for twenty years, and imagine domestic life as he experienced it in late-Georgian times.'

'Enjoy his garden and the celebrated summer-house where he wrote, and where he used to meet his neighbour, the preacher and former slave trader John Newton, author of the hymn Amazing Grace.'

All things Amazing Grace 15/9/19

On the Day of the Pilgrimage

On Sunday 15th the museum will be open from 12:00am for you to step back in time to when John Newton & William Cowper were resident. Here you can find out more about the partnership between the two writers of Olney Hymns, which of course includes the hymn Amazing Grace. After the Pilgrimage Walk finishes at Emberton Country Park at around 1:30pm, pilgrims will be encouraged to visit the museum. Entrance will be free on the day to people who have taken part in the Walk. Additionally, there will be "History does not stand still" speeches in the museum gardens. Program to follow.

When was ‘Amazing Grace’ written?

It is highly likely that ‘Faith’s Review and Expectation’ (Amazing Grace’) was written by John in the weeks leading up to his New Year’s Day service on 1st January 1773.

The evidence for this comes from research carried out by Marylynn Rouse of the John Newton Project. She has connected information from John Newton’s sermon notebook in Lambeth Palace Library, the first edition of the ‘Olney Hymns’ as well as John’s diary which includes entries for January 1773 held by Princeton University Library.

John was at home in Olney during this time so the hymn was probably written in the top floor attic study of his Vicarage.

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