Ely author sheds new light on Cambridgeshire’s murky past

Dr David Barrowclough

Dr David Barrowclough - Credit: Archant

Author David Barrowclough has published a new book which sheds light on the darker side of Cambridgeshire’s history.

In his new book, Bloody British History: Cambridge, Dr Barrowclough, from Ely, takes a look at everything from bear and bull baiting to beheadings and burnings dating from the county’s murky past.

Dr Barrowclough said: “Many would be surprised that this beautiful and historic county actually has a history worthy of a great horror movie.

“One of the most notable stories within the book is the bizarre story of Oliver Cromwell’s ‘travelling skull’, which was sold no less than six times after his body was removed from Westminster Cathedral in 1661.”

Dr Barrowclough is a fellow in archaeology at Wolfson College and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge.

He lives in Ely and has also published a series of works on the city through the History Press.

Bloody British History: Cambridge is available for £9.99 from www.thehistorypress.co.uk