"one of the ruins that Cromwell knocked about a bit"

Statue of Oliver Cromwell at St Ives, Cornwall, England
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeStatue of Oliver Cromwell at St Ives, Cornwall, England - Credit: Keith Evans
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) was an English political leader who overthrew the monarchy with the assassination of King Charles I, and who led the country as a temporary republic for five years up to his own death.

During the English Civil War, pitting Parliament against Royalty, Cromwell was a leading figure of the 'Roundheads', or Parliamentarians, and ended up leading the entire attack.  He was strongly opposed to the Roman Catholic church, and in the course of the war he was responsible for the destruction of many churches and castles.  He saw these buildings as both a physical threat, providing strongholds for the Royalists, and as a challenge to his preferred Protestant religion.