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Local History

Information about the local history of the district.

Oliver Cromwell was born in 1599 and died in 1658. He was a religious man, a successful politician, and fiercely close to his family.

Born in Huntingdon on 25th April 1599, Cromwell went to the local grammar school and then onto Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge. He married Elizabeth Bourchier in 1620, and they moved to Ely in 1636 when her uncle, Sir Thomas Steward, died. Along with his inheritance came the post 'Farmer of the Tithes'.

Cromwell and Ely

Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, lived in Ely for 10 years. Today the House, the only surviving former Cromwell residence other than Hampton Court, has been recreated to show how his family would have lived in the mid 17th Century.

But who was he and why is he so important to British history?

"He was King in all but name"

"He banned Christmas"


Oliver Cromwell's House
29 St Mary's Street
Ely, Cambs CB7 4HF
United Kingdom
01353 662062