Oliver Cromwell's Grandfather

Oliver Cromwell's Grandfather, Sir Henry Williams alias Sir Henry Cromwell of Hinchingbrooke

Sir Henry Williams (1537 - 1603)

Alias Sir Henry Cromwell of Hinchingbrooke

Cromwell Arms

Married Joan, daughter and heir of Sir Ralph Warren, Alderman and Mayor of London (1536), she died 1584, buried All Saints Church, Huntingdon. Then married Susan Weeks, she died 1592, buried All Saints Church, Huntingdon.

Known as the Golden Knight. He inherited wealth, but due to carrying out extensive building projects, e.g. a summer retreat at Ramsey, and a remodelling of Hinchingbrooke House, combined with the cost of his lavish entertaining, all bringing work and wealth to the neighbourhood, earned him his nick-name, but also depleted the family coffers.

He served as Sheriff of Huntingdonshire four times, and represented the county in parliament on one occasion, but was not considered a figure of national importance at the time, although well thought of by the locals.

He bestowed upon his second son Robert (Oliver’s father) a house in Huntingdon known as the Friars, formerly the site of an Augustinian Priory.

He is  buried in All Saints Church, Huntingdon