Amazing Grace

This is the tomb of John Newton in a quiet corner of the churchyard here in my home town of Olney in Buckinghamshire.

In his early life he had been involved in the slave trade. He later saw the evil of his ways and became a staunch abolitionist and took to the church, eventually finding his way to here in Olney, where he became a preacher. Whilst here he wrote the famous hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ the tune of which was allegedly based on a spiritual song he had heard in his previous life.

His wife’s remains were re-interred here from London to join him here at St Peter & St Paul church.

St Peter & St Paul Church, Olney

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