Amazing Grace vicarage for sale for £1.4million
The hymn Amazing Grace was written by the Reverend John Newton, who lived at this pretty Buckinghamshire property from 1764 to 1780.
A Grade II listed former vicarage where one of the world's most recognizable songs was written is for sale for £1.4million.
The hymn Amazing Grace was written by the Reverend John Newton, who lived at the pretty Buckinghamshire property from 1764 to 1780.
The former slave trader and born-again Christian wrote the iconic hymn - which has been embraced by the African American community - after acknowledging how despicable his earlier profession had been.
The Old Vicarage in Buckinghamshire's Olney is for sale via estate agents Jackson-Stops
Amazing Grace was written by the Reverend John Newton, who lived at the property in Olney, Buckinghamshire, from 1764 to 1780
The Old Vicarage is in the market town of Olney, and comes with several outbuildings, including a workshop and garage.
It sits within walled grounds, offering a high degree of privacy and featuring formal lawns edged by herbaceous borders and an outdoor swimming pool.
The sale of the property is being handled by estate agents Jackson-Stops.
Ian Denton, of Jackson-Stops & Staff said: 'The Old Vicarage is the ideal home for buyers wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, in search of a lifestyle transformation in a period country house steeped in history.'
Today, the spacious Georgian house is flooded with light and spread across three floors.
It boasts many period features, including sash windows with working shutters, as well as dado rails. However, some of the rooms need updating.
There is a gas-fired Aga oven in the kitchen and a separate wine cellar accessed from a trap door outside.
There are six bedrooms, including the master bedroom with views of church.
One of the bedrooms was used by John Newton as his study and two biblical texts that were inscribed above the fireplace still remain.
The main part of the house was built by Lord Dartmouth for the Reverend John Newton.
It remained in church ownership until 1986, when it was acquired by the John Newton Christian Trust and used as a Christian Conference Centre until 1991. It was then purchased by the current owner and returned to a private residence.
There is a cream gas-fired Aga oven and a terracotta tiled floor in the kitchen
Room with a view: The vicarage enjoys southerly views across to the parish church
The spacious rooms include period features such as sash windows and original fireplaces
John Newton was born in London in 1725 and went to sea at the age of 11, ending up as master of a ship taking slaves from Africa to the Caribbean.
But he later realised the error of his ways and turned his back on seafaring after turning to God.
He was given the post of curate at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in the Buckinghamshire town of Olney.
The large dining room includes French doors that open into a separate garden room
A remarkable history! Parts of the interior require some work to bring the property up to date
One of the bedrooms was used by John Newton as his study, where two biblical texts that are inscribed above the fireplace still remain
The house sits in walled grounds that include a large lawned garden edged by herbaceous borders
A partly glazed garden room has a seating area and opens out onto a patio area in the garden
It was during this time that he composed hymns for his weekly sermon, often with the help of his neighbour, the poet William Cowper.
Together they produced a book of 282 hymns by Newton and 66 by Cowper.
The famous lyrics of Amazing Grace are: 'Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I was lost but now am found, Was blind but now I see.'
Some claim that Amazing Grace was copied from the melody of a song sung by slaves on Newton's ships, with Newton inspiring his friend William Wilberforce MP to successfully lobby for the abolition of slavery.
The Old Vicarage is within easy walking distance of the market town of Olney, with nearby Milton Keynes offering more extensive shopping and leisure facilities.
The town has its own sporting facilities, offering clubs for fans of tennis, rugby, football, running and sailing.
The family bathroom features a roll top bath on clawed feet and a fireplace
Included in the package are several outbuildings, including a workshop and a garage
And there is good access to transport, being close to the M1 and Bedford train station, which offers services to London.
The estate agent Mr Denton added: 'From the annual duck race on the River Ouse to the local market that takes places in the Market Square every Thursday and the Olney Pancake Race, which finishes just outside The Old Vicarage's gates, there is always something to enjoy in this thriving market town.'