Oliver Cromwell – Lord Protector and Former Ely Resident

Oliver Cromwell (1599 – 1658)
“No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going”

Oliver Cromwell

Lord Protector 1653 – 1658

”I”m a monarchist but I believe that the greatest Briton ever was Oliver Cromwell, a Republican revolutionary who killed the King. Why? Because he was an ordinary man with a passion for this country. When Britain stood on the verge of anarchy he emerged from obscurity to help give us Parliamentary democracy – our proudest achievement Not bad for a Fenland farmer.”

Oliver Cromwell lived for the happiest years of his life in Ely, home of Ely Cathedral and Cromwell House, which these days houses the Ely Tourist Information Centre.

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