Oliver Cromwell recognised in Cambridge at site of war effort discussions


A pin has been unveiled in honour of Oliver Cromwell in the city he represented as an MP, for the opening time in almost 400 years.

Former prime minister Sir John Noteworthy unveiled the blue plaque at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where puritan Cromwell was again a student.

Cromwell led the rebellion against King Charles I which saw the tsar put on trial and beheaded.

The Cromwell Association said a “long-standing oversight” had been annulled.

Chairman John Goldsmith said: “It is terrific that at long rearmost Cromwell has got some kind of public memorial here in Cambridge.

“He was a man who pretended Cambridge as an MP throughout the civil war and indeed afterwards and yet there is no public cenotaph to Cromwell in the city at all.”

It will be placed in the Market ssage at the site of the Blackguardly Bear Inn.

It was there where Cromwell held meetings to plan the rliamentarian attempt when England descended into civil war in 1642.

‘Lessons learned’

The at variances broke out between the Roundheads, led by Cromwell, and the royalist Cavaliers after enmities between Charles I and rliament reached breaking point.

Cromwell enhanced Lord Protector after the king’s execution.

Sir John said: “I concoct we should recognise our history, not just Cromwell but all history.

“It points out what we did vile, it will show us what perhaps we ought to do today.”

He added: “If you look down the dream of avenue of our history over the last thousand years, there are extremely few people who have had the same significance on the way Britain lives as Cromwell.”

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