Congletonian Head of State

Did you know a man from Congleton was once Titular Head of State? Lord President John Bradshaw, famous being the presiding judge over the court that Killed Charles I, was elected the ‘President of the Council of State’ on 12 March 1649. He remained President until Cromwell dissolved the Long Parliament on the 30th April 1653, when Cromwell assumed the title of ‘Lord Protector’. Bradshaw was later found guilty regicide and despite dying in 1659, was posthumously executed by being hung drawn and quartered on the 30th January 1661. The museum is proud to have exhibits about Bradshaw and the civil war. We are located near the Congleton home and offices of Bradshaw, which is now the White Lion pub.


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