William Cowper, John Newton, Thomas Scott, Henry Gaitlett, and 1 other in Olney

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Olney Parish Church. Completed in 1325AD, this church is associated with William Cowper, the poet, and John Newton, Curate-in-charge and one-time slave trader; these two wrote "The Olney Hymns". Other outstanding characters include Henry Gaitlett, "Father of English Church Music", Moses Browne, of many parts (and many children) and Thomas Scott, the Bible commentator. The church of the Olney Pancake Race.

John Henry Newton (24 July 1725 O.S./4 August N.S. – 21 December 1807) was an English sailor and evangelical Anglican cleric. Starting his career at sea at a young age, he became involved with the slave trade for a few years. After experiencing a Christian conversion, he became a cleric and hymn-writer. Although he continued his involvement in the slave trade for much of his Christian life, he later became a prominent supporter of the abolition of slavery. He was the author of many hymns, including "Amazing Grace" and "Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken".

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The Rev. Thomas Scott (1747–1821) was an influential preacher and author who is principally known for his best-selling work A Commentary On The Whole Bible and The Force of Truth, and as one of the founders of the Church Missionary Society.

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William Cowper (/ˈkuːpər/ KOO-pər; 26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800) was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him "the best modern poet", whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak. He was a nephew of the poet Judith Madan.Although after being institutionalised for insanity in the period 1763–65, Cowper found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity, the inspiration behind his much-loved hymns, he often experienced doubt and after a dream in 1773 believed that he was doomed to eternal damnation. Later, he would recover and write more religious hymns.His religious sentiment and association with John Newton (who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace") led to much of the poetry for which he is best remembered. His poem "Light Shining out of Darkness" gave the English language the idiom "God moves in a mysterious way / His wonders to perform."

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Moses Browne (1704 – September 1787) was a pen-cutter from Clerkenwell, London, England who became a poet and eventually rose amongst the ranks of the Church of England.Browne made many contributions to the Gentleman's Magazine which was founded by Edward Cave in 1731. During this time, Browne would be mixing with some of the distinguished literary figures of the time, including Samuel Johnson.Moses Browne married Ann Wibourne in 1738 in Clerkenwell. He had in excess of 9 children and some records indicate up to 13.Browne was appointed vicar of Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1753. In 1764, Browne took on the post of Chaplain at Morden College in Blackheath, London. One of the reasons being the wage he acquired from his post at Olney could not sustain such his large family. However, he remained vicar of Olney at the same time as vicar of Sutton, Lincolnshire until his death in 1787.

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