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Seeing the light

The idea that Cromwell's portrait might appear in a stained glass window in a church is unlikely. During the Civil Wars, and after, Cromwell and his troops were often blamed for the destruction of church furniture and fittings, but the evidence is slight. The actions of Cromwell's ancestor Thomas Cromwell at the Reformation, and those of some of Oliver's contemporaries, are more frequently the cause. Never ths less the fact that any church windows of Cromwell exist at all is surprising, and in contradiction to his own views on the decoration of places of worship.



In addition to the windows shown in this exhibition three others at least are known to exist. At Rochdale Town Hall, in Christ Church URC, Llandudno, and one in Barbados, West Indies. 

Information on others would be gratefully received. 
E-mail: john.goldsmith@cambridgshire.gov.uk

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