When the Civil War began in 1642 Oliver Cromwell
(1599-1658) was sent to organise the defences of
According to legend some Cromwellian soldiers were
billeted in the church of St. Mary at South
These same soldiers then used the beautiful carved
angels in the roof of the church as target practice.
When the angel carvings were restored in 1958, lead shot
was indeed found embedded in the angels wood carved
Oliver Cromwell died in 1658, however, when the monarchy
was restored under Charles II in 1660, Cromwell's body
was dug up and symbolically executed.
Nota Bene: Oliver Cromwell's family changed their name
from Williams to Cromwell.