Oliver Cromwell (1599—1658), Lord Protector of Great
Britain, was born on 25 April 1599 at Huntingdon, the son
of a country gentleman. After his marriage in London in
1620 he and his fami’y lived first in Huntingdon and then
in St Ives before moving to Ely in 1636.
The house was originally built in the thirteenth century. Between 1843 and 1869 it was an inn, the Cromwell Arms, and it is now a historic house dedi cated to Cromwell.
Cromwell led the New Model Army to victory
against the Royalists in the Civil War, then the Irish
in 1649 and the Scots and Charles II in 1651, After
dissolving the ‘Rump Parliament’ in 1653, he became
Lord Protector. He was offered the crown in 1657, but
Although Cromwell died in London and his ghost
is said to haunt Red Lion Square (see page 76), it may
still return to his old home in Ely. There have been many
paranor events at the house, in 1998 a guide at the
Tourist Information Centre was there when he felt a draught around his feet and realized his shoelaces were undone. In itself that wasn’t particularly unusual, but every time he retied them, it happened again.
In 1979 a couple spent the night in what is now known as the haunted bedroom. During the night, the woman woke up and seemed to be in the same room but at a different time. She realized the doorway was in a different place. Then she felt her arm gripped by a large powerful man, who seemed distracted and was muttering to himself. The vision faded, but when she found herself back in her own time, the marks on her arm were still visible.
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