Statue of Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell

Frederick W. Pomeroy, RA

Unveiled, 1901

Bronze and granite

Market Place, St Ives, Huntingdonshire

As the inscription on the base of the statue says, Oliver Cromwell was a townsman of St Ives from 1631-1636. St Ives has a proud history of dissent: by the time Cromwell was living there, non-conformists were already holding meetings in each other's homes. Notice that Cromwell carries not only a sword but a Bible. Carlyle noted sarcastically in his essay "Hudson's Statue" that the townsfolk had long wanted to honour Cromwell. Attempts had been made to raise funds for such a statue in Huntingdon, Cromwell's birthplace, to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth, but these attempts failed and a statue was then erected at St Ives instead.

Related Material

  • The statue
  • "Hudson's Statue," by Thomas Carlyle
  • Text and photograph by Jacqueline Banerjee. 2008.

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