Archive sepia photograph looking across a wide paved space with houses and shops both on the far side and lining a road leading away to the left. People in period costume, mostly children, are standing looking to camera.
View showing Cowper's house from the north-east. Orchard Side, Market Place, Olney, Milton Keynes. Photographed in 1867 by William Samuel Wright. © Historic England Archive WSW01/001/01
View showing Cowper's house from the north-east. Orchard Side, Market Place, Olney, Milton Keynes. Photographed in 1867 by William Samuel Wright. © Historic England Archive WSW01/001/01

Small Collections

These three small collections all date from the 1860s. The similarities end there, but as they say...

Variety's the very spice of life

William Cowper (1785)

LAT01 - Lucas and Tuck Collection

This collection contains two photographic prints showing work to enlarge the Limehouse Basin in Tower Hamlets, London. The photographs were taken on the 13 May 1869. Built by the Regent’s Canal Company, and opened in 1820, the Limehouse Basin was originally known as Regent’s Canal Dock. Coal passed through the dock and was transported along the Regent’s Canal.

WSW01 ‘The Loved Haunts of Cowper’ by William S Wright

This book, published in 1867, contains eighteen photographic prints showing early views of Olney and Weston Underwood in Buckinghamshire. The photographs relate to buildings and places associated with the poet William Cowper (1731-1800), who lived for several years in this area.  Cowper was one of the best-known poets of his time. He also wrote several well-known hymns.

God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform...

William Cowper (1779)

I am monarch of all I survey...

William Cowper (1782)

God made the country and man made the town

William Cowper (1785)

JHA02 – The Abbey and Palace of Westminster

This book, published in 1869, contains some of the earliest and best interior photographs of Westminster Abbey, alongside exterior views of the Abbey and Palace.

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