Cromwell’s body was then reburied in an unmarked grave among common criminals, where Marble Arch now stands. His head was stuck on a pole and displayed above the southern end of Westminster Hall.
Cromwell’s head remained on the roof of Westminster Hall until 1688, when it blew down during a storm. A startled sentry picked it up and kept it hidden in his chimney until 1702.
The head changed hands several times over the next two and a half centuries, sometimes as a curiosity, sometimes as security for a loan, until it found its current resting place in 1960.
HISTORIC LONDON: X MARKS THE SPOT. Question 32. Where is Oliver Cromwell’s head now?
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