Cromwell had been an undergraduate at Sidney Sussex. The college’s dons were sceptical when the head of their most famous son was first offered to them. But the head had a wart over the right eye, exactly where it should have done, and it answered the historical description in all other respects. It even fitted the death mask that had been made immediately after Cromwell died.
On 25 March 1960 therefore, Oliver Cromwell’s head was quietly reinterred at an unspecified location in Sidney Sussex’s antechapel. A chosen few know exactly where, but they’re not saying. No X marks the spot.
This anonymous Government building lies across the road from St James’ Park, just a few yards from the Treasury and No 10 Downing Street. It played a very important part in the Second World War. It was so important that in 1940, at the height of the Blitz, a concrete blast wall was erected along the front of the building to provide extra protection against the bombing.
HISTORIC LONDON: X MARKS THE SPOT. Question 33. Why was this particular Whitehall building singled out for extra protection against the Luftwaffe?
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