Cromwell's 17th century pub converted into home on sale for £695K

Oliver Cromwell’s favourite watering hole hits the market: 17th century pub converted into four-bed luxury home goes on sale for £695,000

  • Charming centuries-old home was regularly visited by Oliver Cromwell before outbreak of the Civil War
  • Originally known as The Three Crowns before it was converted into a charming luxury home in Ely
  • Now a Grade II listed four-bedroom home in much-sought after Waterside area of picturesque cathedral city

A former 17th Century pub favoured by Oliver Cromwell and converted into a charming luxury home has gone on the market for £695,000.

The old watering hole in Ely, Cambridgeshire, was originally known as The Three Crowns and was regularly visited by the Lord Protector before the Civil War.

It is now a Grade II listed four-bedroom home in Waterside, the heart of the cathedral city’s Old Town.

Cromwell famously lead Parliamentarians against King Charles I during the English Civil War, but his early life is not as well-documented.

However, it is known that he lived in Ely for ten years from 1636, after he inherited property and lived there. 

Oliver Cromwell’s former watering hole has gone on the market in the picturesque city of Ely, Cambridgeshire for £695,000

Once a pub, the house is a now a beautiful Grade II listed four-bedroom home in Waterside, the heart of Ely’s Old Town

The Old Three Crowns Inn still has a number of period features, including an original inglenook fireplace and flagstone floor

While documentation is scant, it is known that Cromwell lived in Ely from 1636, after inheriting property in the cathedral city

The pretty courtyard garden to the rear of the property is pleasant for entertaining and rather petite at around 37ft wide

There is more than enough space at the back of the period house to enjoy an outdoor dining area on the decking for guests

The small garden area is perfectly sized for anyone looking for a property with a low-maintenance outdoor area to enjoy

His house in Ely is the only surviving former Cromwell residence, other than Hampton Court, and is now a tourist attraction.

It is believed Cromwell was elected as a governor for the Thomas Parsons’ Charity, a long-running charity set up to help the poor in the city, at the pub.

Ely is one of the smallest cities in the UK, with just over 20,000 inhabitants.

The centuries-old pub still boasts the original timber beams throughout the property, as well as winding oak staircases

The 1,702 sq ft property is spread over three floors, which all boast these original 17th Century solid oak timber staircases

The galley kitchen has been modernised, but still retains the charm of the original building with patches of exposed brickwork

The kitchen area boasts plenty of natural light, thanks to the double patio doors looking out to the rear courtyard garden

The character and history of the property is still evident, even with modern appliances and furniture brought into the kitchen

The dining room on the ground floor retains a fireplace and flagstone flooring from the original features of the property

The pretty house is situated just a stone’s throw from the River Great Ouse and is close to the marina in the cathdral city of Ely

The Old Three Crowns Inn has a number of period features, including an original inglenook fireplace, flagstone flooring, timber beams and original oak staircases.

The house boasts 1,702 sq ft of accommodation over three floors with a galley kitchen, dining room and lounge on the ground floor, two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor and two bedrooms on the top floor, one with en suite.

Outside, the property has a courtyard garden, about 37ft wide, and a garage.

The house is a stone’s throw from the River Great Ouse and close to the marina.

The property boasts two modern bathrooms on the first floor, as well as a convenient en suite bathroom on the second floor

Estate agents say potential buyers should view the house and describe it as a ‘great looking property with kerb appeal’ 

There are four spacious bedrooms throughout the property, with two on the first floor and two additional ones on the top floor

Even with its many modernisations, this charming house has retained much of the property’s original 17th Century character 

A double-sized room, one of four bedrooms inside the Cambridgeshire house, which has gone onto the market for £695,000

This bedroom takes full advantage of the property’s character sloped roof, with a bed nicely fitting into the recess

This spacious fourth bedroom looks out to the front of the property, affording views of Ely, one of Britain’s smallest cities

Mark Peck, director at Cheffins, which is selling the property, said: ‘If you are going to live in Ely, this is the best location. Waterside is a stone’s throw from the river, and within easy walking distance of the city centre, Cathedral and the train station.

‘This is a great looking house, with tons of kerb appeal, and is a highly individual, one-off property.

‘You don’t see houses like this every day, particularly in such a prestigious part of Ely, and its got plenty of character and history too.’


Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)

The Civil War was a series of battles from 1642 to 1651 between Royalists and Parliamentarians.

When King Charles I took the throne in 1625, his reign was met with almost immediate murmurs of discontent.

His was a style of governance defined by religious dogma and a stubborn opposition to parliamentary rule.

This bred feelings of alienation and deep mistrust in pockets of England, while in Scotland tensions with the English boiled over into bloody conflict.

The embattled king was forced to form a parliament in 1640, and within this a vocal and highly critical Puritan faction began to grow.

When a violent Catholic rebellion broke out in Ireland, disagreements over how to respond split England in two, and in 1642 the English Civil War broke out.

The Royalists, based largely in the north and west, fought for the king, while the Roundheads, also known as Parliamentarians, came mainly from the south and east.

They took their nickname from their preference for closely cropped hair, which set them apart from the ringlets of courtly Royalists.

The battles that followed saw Charles’s forces, bolstered by the Welsh and Cornish, clash with a Roundhead army swollen with Londoners.

The Royalists looked to be on the brink of victory in 1643, until their enemies joined forces with the Scots.

In 1644, the king’s men suffered a crushing defeat at Marston Moor, North Yorkshire, effectively conceding the north. A further loss at Naseby, Northamptonshire, was the final nail in the coffin.

The king gave himself up to the Scots and they promptly passed him on to their Roundhead allies, who were in the early stages of establishing a republican regime.

He was executed in 1649, but not before inciting further clashes known as the Second Civil War.

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