Cromwell Cup

  • 'Cage Cup' or Cromwell Cup
Archive Notes:

Presentation cage cup 'Cromwell Cup' was given by Oliver Cromwell to General Henry Ireton who became his son in law when he married Bridget, Cromwell's daughter during the seige of Oxford. The marriage ceremony took place in the Savoy Chapel of Holton Park Manor House on 15 June 1646. Ireton presented the cup to Lady Ursula Whorwood to thank her for hosting the wedding at her home.

The cup, made by Adolf Gaap in early 1600s, has 3 engraved medallions of water scenes.

The inscription is in 19th century Latin and simply states

'In 1846 Henry Ireton sent as a gift to Ursula, Lady Whorwood to mark her hospitality, this great cup given to him by Oliver Cromwell, his father-in-law.'

Apparently plaque on base was inscribed c 1850, by Dr Routh, President of Magdalen College, according to notes left by a Rev Whorwood before his death in the 1880s.

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