The core of this collection comprises the letters, deeds and estate papers of Richard Cromwell, successor as Protector to his father Oliver Cromwell.
The collection includes documents concerning Henry Cromwell, Lord Deputy of Ireland 1657-1659, and some manorial records of various Cromwell estates, together with additions of later 17th and 18th century documents and printed material. From the family point of view the most interesting part of the collection is the series of letters written by Richard Cromwell to his daughter Elizabeth after 1660, when she was living at Hursley, and he was having to live under assumed names. The collection also includes copies of letters written by Oliver Cromwell, and some notes on Cromwell family history.
Some items from the collection are on display in the Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon.
Photocopies cannot be made from any items without the family's permission.
Immediate source of acquisition:
The collection passed into the possession of the Bush family, and was deposited at the Record Office in 1962 (acc. 731). The collection is sometimes known as Bush-Cromwell or (even more occasionally) Cromwell-Bush.
Cromwell, Oliver, 1599-1658, Lord Protector
Cromwell, Richard, 1626-1712, Lord Protector of the Commomwealth
Cromwell, Henry, 1628-1674, Lord Deputy of Ireland
Unpublished finding aids:
The collection list is in catalogue number 28: Cromwell, available in the searchroom.