Bishop of Ely Unveils Charter With Oliver Cromwell's Signature

Thursday, September 25, 2008
3.29 PM

STAFF and friends of Ely Museum celebrated a new addition to their exhibits on Monday. The Bishop of Ely helped to unveil the Royal Charter of the Thomas Parsons Charity, given by Charles I, with Oliver Cromwell s signature on one of the charity s books.

STAFF and friends of Ely Museum celebrated a new addition to their exhibits on Monday.

The Bishop of Ely helped to unveil the Royal Charter of the Thomas Parsons Charity, given by Charles I, with Oliver Cromwell's signature on one of the charity's books.

The Thomas Parsons Charity dates back as far as the 15th Century, when a rich landowner from East Cambridgeshire died and left money and land in the trust of the cathedral, for Ely's poor.

The charity owns land in Ely, and the most visible are the almshouses on Thomas Parsons Square in Ely.

The ledger and Royal Charter are on display to the public at Ely Museum, the Old Gaol, Market Street. A small admission charge applies.

The Bishop of Ely Dr Anthony Russell, with Ely mayor Shelia Friend-smith, Richard Bamford (chairman of the governors at the Thomas Parsons Charity) and Robert Clasby (chairman of the trustees of Ely Museum).

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