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Olney Town Information

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This boot-making market town on the River Ouse is renowned for its Shrove Tuesday pancake race - a tradition that dates back to the 15th century.

In Orchard Side is the former home of the poet William Cowper (1731-1800), which has been turned into the Cowper & Newton Museum because it also celebrates the life of his slave trading friend, the Rev John Newton, composer of the song ‘Amazing Grace’. The displays include dinosaur bones. The Cowper Memorial Chapel dates from 1879.

The village entrance is a stone gateway built in 1700 while thatched cottages form a secondary greeting for visitors.

Olney High Street - Photo © John Winfield
Olney High Street - Photo: John Winfield CCL

Greyhurst House once belonged to Sir Francis Drake and became a secretive meeting place for leaders of the ill-starred Gunpowder Plot. Adjacent is an 18th century church and a gatehouse which has been transformed into an inn. Nearby is 18th century Tyringham Hall.