Did visiting his house change my opinion of him? Read on.
Who was Oliver Cromwell (b 25 April 1599 – d 3 September 1658)?
Oliver Cromwell was a devoutly puritanical, gentrified man who rose from being a farmer to being a Member of Parliament and ultimately leader of the English Republican Parliament after the English had King Charles 1st beheaded.
In my opinion, Cromwell was a hypocrite who became a ridiculous parody, a caricature of everything he despised - an anti-monarchist and Puritan who went on to become King in all but name and drank beer and smoked a pipe at home.
I was very reluctant out of principle to visit his house but out of interest and in the need for balancing opinion, I went along. The house is still standing, beautifully preserved in Ely Cambridgeshire, a charming old house dating back to the 1500's.
It was certainly a family home and had Cromwell restored the celebration of Christ-tide
(Christmas) which had been banned in England in 17th Century then I think his children would have enjoyed it.
Let's take a look at Cromwell and then his house.
The photos are my own as ever.