On Friday we went out and about playing tourist. First we had a lecture by the leading Cromwell expert, John Morrill, to get us in the right frame of mind for our excursion. It was a long time ago that I knew this stuff, I was glad for the referesher!
Our first stop was Huntington, where Oliver Cromwell lived as a boy. The Oliver Cromwell Museum (which was harder to find that it should have been, due to the fact that the helpful city map had it in the wrong place in the key!) is in the one room building where the young Cromwell went to school.
They have a helpful wax figure of him, just in case we wondered what he looked like as a boy.
The museum is crammed full of things about Cromwell and his family, since they have a long history in the neighborhood.
These are thought to have belonged to various relatives of Oliver Cromwell.
The building on the left is the Huntington church, the one of the right is the Cromwell museum. The man in the middle of the photo is Adam (on his cell phone) who is the program director for the Cambridge Teacher Seminar as well as the discussion leader for my group.
The war memorial in the middle of the market square. It was built for the Great War, but has been added on to for World War II and other conflicts since then.
The dead from the South African War (Boer War) got their own memorial.
From there we went on to Ely, where we had lunch and then visited the Cathedral. I do love English cathedrals. I still think Salsburry is my favorite, but Ely was lovely. We had a good tour guide, but she could have said everything twice as fast and still seemed a bit slow. I think the tour that started after us passed us!
The painted ceiling is Victorian. The work on the Cathedral started in the 11th century, and their have been several major renovations since then.