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 Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell

Birth
Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Death 3 Sep 1658 (aged 59)
Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Plot RAF Chapel
Memorial ID 6164 · View Source
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English Lord Protector. He was an English general and statesman, Puritan leader during the English Civil War. When he defeated King Charles I he had Charles I executed and became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth. This was the only time in English history that the monarchy has been ousted. In 1660 the monarchy was restored by Charles II (son of Charles I). On January 30, 1661, the anniversary of the execution of Charles I, Cromwell's body was exhumed and taken by sledge to Tyburn. The procession was greeted by the sounds of outcry and curses from the people. The corpse was hanged from the gallows for a day and at evening the body was buried beneath the gibbet. The head was taken to Westminster Hall, where it was exhibited on a pole until some time near the end of Charles II's reign in 1685. His head passed through many hands before coming into the care of Sydney Sussex College in 1960.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 23 Aug 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6164
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Oliver Cromwell (25 Apr 1599–3 Sep 1658), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6164, citing Westminster Abbey, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .