There’s only one problem with the story of his averted glance. Cromwell’s statue was erected in 1899 to a design by Sir William Thornycroft who was keen on Cromwell and unlikely to approve of a design seen to be ashamed of his history.
However, the bust of King Charles I wasn’t donated to the Church by The Society of King Charles the Martyr until 1956. Nearly 60 years later. Oh dear.
So there you have a story to show people – point out the bust, then destroy the myth.
I am actually curious as to how the myth started as the two items are not that old which seems not long enough for a myth to have built up, especially when the facts are so readily available to anyone wanting to do a bit of research.
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