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Olney is a market town in North Buckinghamshire.

  • It's famous for the 2 hymn writers -- John Newton and William Cowper

  • and for the annual pancake race every Shrove Tuesday -- The way the English delbrate Mardi Gras !?

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Olney church where John Newton (former Slave Trader but later author of Amazing Grace) was curate from 1764-1780, and where he is buried
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The pancake race is run from the market square to this sign in the churchyard wall......after which pancakes are served to spectators in the church hall
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The home of William Cowper is now a museum about his life and times and that of Newton. The gardens are open including his summerhouse
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Olney looking south  
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