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Old 08-18-2017, 02:13 AM
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The question as to whether to erect a statue of Cromwell was very controversial at the time and had been for decades beforehand. It was deliberately not erected inside the building and wasn't paid for with public money. In fact, it was paid for anonymously by Lord Rosebery, who, perhaps uncoincidentally, was a vocal opponent of Irish Home Rule.

Other Cromwell statues were equally controversial. There were moves in Huntingdon to commission their own Cromwell statue following the unveiling of the Westminster statue. The feeling was that if Westminster could have a statue, his birthplace should have one as well. But others opposed the idea and the project was abandoned. St Ives then commissioned its own statue, mainly as a snub to Huntingdon.

It was not until a century later that Huntingdon finally installed public memorials to him. They went for the banal option of quotes carved into the pavements. Even that scheme encountered significant opposition.

It was only in the past year that Cambridge installed a public memorial to him and then only in the form of a blue plaque.