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A picture of Statue of Oliver Cromwell
After the death of Oliver Cromwell and the subsequent restoration of the Monarchy there was not much cause or will anywhere to erect a memorial, a fact that in later years was to cause Lord Russel, MP for Huntingdon, to remark that "the only great man the shire has produced, and what he did for England and the world is rightly deemed the grandest of all their local associations, but they have not yet dared to raise a statue in his honour on the soil from which he sprang"
And dare they did not for 250 years when a half-hearted attempt was made in Huntingdon to raise the fund to erect a statue but this was abandoned in 1899. Realising the opportunity the people of St Ives quickly raised the necessary funds and a sculpture in bronze was commissioned from F. W. Pomeroy.
The statue was briefly exhibited at the Royal Academy in London to reportedly conderable acclaim before being installed in St Ives in 1901. Although most of the town and its officals turned out for the occassion there were still, 340 years after the death of Oliver Cromwell, those that could not bring themselves to attend.
The statue remains to only one in the whole of the country that was raised by public subscription and to this day remains the second most visited and photographed monument in the town after the Chapel of St Ledger.
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