Cromwell’s 425th anniversary commemorated in his hometown.

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Shoppers and tourists in Huntingdon last Sunday, 28 April, were treated to a visit by Cromwellian cavalry, as two mounted troopers from ‘The Troop’ spent the afternoon bringing the 17th century to life on the Market Square.

The event was organised by the Cromwell Museum to mark the 425th anniversary last week of Oliver Cromwell’s birth in the town.

The two fully equipped cavalrymen gave talks and demonstrations of the mounted soldiers of the period of the English Civil War, as well as giving visitors the chance to meet the horses up close.

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Stuart Orme, Curator of the Cromwell Museum says “Cromwell was born in Huntingdon on 25 April 1599, and raised his first troop of cavalry to fight for Parliament on the town square in Huntingdon in August 1642. Whilst a divisive character, it’s impossible to deny his significance or the revolutionary period in which he lived. It’s great to be able to bring this to life with these sorts of events – and children particularly loved meeting the horses up close!”

Cromwellian cavalry on Huntingdon Town SquareCromwellian cavalry on Huntingdon Town Square
Cromwellian cavalry on Huntingdon Town Square

The Museum houses the world’s best collection of artefacts relating to Cromwell in the building in which he once went to school. In May a new exhibit will open looking at what Huntingdon was like when Cromwell was born there. For more details visit the Museum’s website at: www.cromwellmuseum.org.