Plaque

Cromwell's body

Inscription

Lord Protector & Lieutenant General Oliver Cromwell's body lay in the cellar of these premises for several days prior to dismemberment in September 1658.

The plaque gives the date of Cromwell's death rather than the date of his exhumation, three years later. And the fact of the dismemberment is not certain but there definitely is a story that Cromwell's body, with two others, lay in an Inn of this name in the area now called Red Lion Square, prior to being taken to Tyburn for a posthumous execution. Only a very dodgy taxi driver would travel from Westminster Abbey to Tyburn (now Marble Arch) via Red Lion Square, so the story is pretty doubtful. Others think that perhaps the bodies, post-posthumous execution, were discarded in a pit at the Square rather than at a Tyburn pit. So, all in all, a rather doubtful piece of history. And people ask why we don't always collect pub plaques!

Site: Cromwell's body (1 memorial)

WC1, Red Lion Street, Old Red Lion

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Cromwell's body

Subjects commemorated i

Oliver Cromwell

Born Huntingdon, the great-grandson of Richard Cromwell who was Thomas Cromwe...

Read More

Nearby Memorials

St Luke's - Telfer

St Luke's - Telfer

EC1, Old Street

The facade of this building tells the history of the school. Each of the 4 gable ends carries a plaque with a dated event, reading from l...

2 subjects commemorated
Post Office Railway

Post Office Railway

WC1, Phoenix Place, 15 - 20

'Mail Rail' - Post Office Railway, 1927 - 2003, 6½ mile, 2 ft gauge, driverless underground railway, linking postal sorting offices, and ...

1 subject commemorated, 1 creator
Harrow School - War Memorial Building

Harrow School - War Memorial Building

HA1, Peterborough Road, Harrow War Memorial Building and Speech Room

The Harrow School War Memorial Building, Memorial Shrine, Ceremonial Staircase and Retaining Wall are Listed Grade 2. The Listing summary...

4 subjects commemorated
LSE buildings renamed after suffrage campaigners

LSE buildings renamed after suffrage campaigners

WC2, Clements Inn, Pethick-Lawrence House, LSE

The renaming, reported by The Tab, was to celebrate 100 years since women gained the vote, and LSE History describes how central this are...

4 subjects commemorated, 1 creator
Frampton Street WW2 bomb

Frampton Street WW2 bomb

NW8, Frampton Street, Stanfield House

In our photo the plaque can be seen on the corner, below the satellite dishes. The National Archives catalogue lists some entries which ...

2 subjects commemorated, 1 creator