A Lace Walk around Olney

Learn about Harry Armstrong the last great character associated with Olney lacemaking

A Lace Walk around Olney

Olney, England MK46, United Kingdom

Created By: ODHS

Tour Information

This tour summarises a more comprehensive Lace Walk around Olney available on the Olney & District Historical Society's website. The original walk was compiled by Elizabeth Knight and developed and edited for digital media by Mike Neale.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Olney Market Place

At Point 1 you should be on the Market Place near the War Memorial and facing south towards the Cowper and Newton Museum. Recent photo of the Cowper & Newton museum Continental lacemakers came to this area of North Buckinghamshire as a ... Read more
The Old Penny House

Point 2 Stop at Evelyn House, next to Olney House (Number 15), to look across the street at the Old Penny House (Number 22) to the left of the archway, and the Honey House, the next property (Number 24) to the north. Recent photo of No 22 H... Read more
John Millward's House

Point 3. Moving on, walk a short distance to the uncontrolled crossing opposite the United Reformed Church. Look across at the small house between the United Reform Church and the Hairdressing Salon. A recent photo of 44 High Street This is... Read more
Harry Armstrong's 'Lace Factory'

At Point 5 you should be standing just beyond the Butcher’s shop and be  opposite ‘The Lace Factory’ on the other side of the street. The site in the High Street (opposite) was vacant as the buildings had been destroyed by fire in 19... Read more
Berrill's Court

Point 5. Turn around and, with care, cross the road using the uncontrolled crossing.  Walk back towards the Market Place.  Take a closer look at the Honey House (No. 24) and the Old Penny House (No. 22) on the way. Then glance down the en... Read more
The Cowper & Newton Museum

Point 6. Return to the Market Place and the Cowper and Newton Museum to view the many lacemaking artefacts it contains along with an excellent collection of local lace. The Cowper and Newton Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, March to Dece... Read more


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