Colour images of Olney taken around the year 1900

  • Olney Market Place South-East c1900

1. Olney High Street – Heritage Trail – Added February 2018

This Heritage Trail should be considered as a ‘pre-release’ version until certain elements can be fully verified. The Trail is designed to present visitors to Olney with a light introduction to the history of Olney High Street. It could be used as a complementary leisure activity before or after visiting the Cowper and Newton Museum and its gardens, and/or, simply to provide  a little light exercise before, or indeed after, frequenting one or more of the town’s wide selection of cafes and restaurants. Link to the Heritage Trail.

2. Cowper & Newton Museum – Added July 2017

William Cowper and John Newton were arguably the two most notable gentlemen to reside in Olney during the 18th century. Their achievements, life stories and memorabilia are excellently presented in the Cowper and Newton Museum situated in Orchard House on the south side of the Market Place.

As the museum has its own comprehensive website, this web site confines itself to presenting a series of links to relevant pages on the Cowper and Newton Museum website. Link to the ODHS links page.

3. Olney War Memorial – the Olney men who lost their lives during WW1 and WW2 – Revised June 2016

ils of the men from Olney who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars, have been revised to assist visitor navigation. In addition, information has been added for ALFRED CHARLES MILLWARD a WW1 fatality, PETER HOOTON a WW2 fatality and HARRY FIELD who was seriously injured and taken prisoner in WW1. Link to the revised version.

4. A ‘turning page’ version of Oliver Ratcliff’s book ‘Olney, Bucks’ – Originally printed in 1907 – Added May 2016

The Olney and District Historical Society published in 2008 a reproduction of Oliver Ratcliff’s 1907  book ‘Olney, Bucks’ (colloquially known as his ‘1907 Olney Almanack’). It was published to commemorate its centenary in 2007 and provides readers with an insight into many aspects of life in Olney one hundred years ago. In particular, the social conditions prevailing in Olney during the late Victorian and Edwardian periods can be readily appreciated from the wide range of topics covered by Ratcliff. Link to the ‘turning page’ version.

5. OLNEY – A Potted History – 19C sketches of Olney included – Added April 2016

A series of 19C sketches has been added to the text. An enlarged view of these sketches can be obtained by clicking an image. Direct link to the ‘Potted History’.

6. An extensive article on Numbers 67 & 69 High Street – Orchard House – Added March 2016

Orchard House was converted from two eighteenth century houses, Nos. 67 and 69 High Street, in 1904 for Joseph William Mann; the architect was Alexander Ellis Anderson. The article includes:

a. A brief history of the property
b. The complete Listed Building particulars and the plans drawn up by the architect.
c. Some information on the first owners Mr and Mrs Joseph Mann (and the second owners Mr & Mrs Robert Soul and previous owners ‘The Hummels’)
d. Census and Related Data for Nos 67 and 69 High Street
e. 1980s images of the house interior, the garden and frontage


The ODHS is indebted to Alan Cooper for the considerable help and assistance that he has generously to the development of this WordPress website. Thanks are also due to the Milton Keynes Heritage Association, and in particular its Chairman, David Muston, for his support and encouragement.

Page last reviewed:

16th March 2018

Mike Neale – ODHS Webmaster

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