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Cromwell online exhibition

The imposing building was decorated with a series of figures of English monarchs, from the Conquest onwards, 34 in total and Oliver Cromwell. The figures were made by the London firm of Farmer & Brindley, and they were carved from the local sandstone.
The strong dissenting tradition of the area, and the growing stature of Cromwell as a Protestant hero, makes the figure's appearance logical and expected. It was not to everybody's satisfaction though, and it is said that Irish labourers working on the building refused to hoist Cromwell's statue up onto its facade.

Cromwell'e statue on Bradford City Hall

Cromwell's statue on Bradford City Hall, flanked by Charles I to the left and Charles II to the right, is now screened behind chicken wire to resist the pigeons. He is shown with a sword at his side.

On the next page you will see the statue in detail.........

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