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Ely Cathedral


The City of Ely and it's Cathedral is built on a small mound that stands just proud of the surrounding fens in Cambridgeshire. Way back in the first millennium the fens were wild and uncontrolled marshes and it was here that a Monastery was founded by a Saxon Princess, St. Etheldreda. That was destroyed by the Danes but a second one was built in 970 by the Benedictine Order of Monks.

After the Norman Conquest work started on the cathedral, around 1082 and it took 100 years to complete. The building to the right is the Bishop's Palace, now used as a Sue Rider Care Home.

The monastery was closed by Henry VIII during the reformation in 1539 but the Cathedral survived. A hundred and ten years later Oliver Cromwell, whose house is in the shadow of the cathedral, fell out with the local clergy, closed the cathedral and used it as stables for his cavalry horses for about ten years.

The cannon as captured from the Russians in Sebastopol and given to Ely City by Queen Victoria in 1860 after the Crimean War. It is mounted on a cast iron carriage that would shatter at the first firing. It would normally be mounted on a wooden carriage during times of war.



Ely Cathedral


The City of Ely and it's Cathedral is built on a small mound that stands just proud of the surrounding fens in Cambridgeshire. Way back in the first millennium the fens were wild and uncontrolled marshes and it was here that a Monastery was founded by a Saxon Princess, St. Etheldreda. That was destroyed by the Danes but a second one was built in 970 by the Benedictine Order of Monks.

After the Norman Conquest work started on the cathedral, around 1082 and it took 100 years to complete. The building to the right is the Bishop's Palace, now used as a Sue Rider Care Home.

The monastery was closed by Henry VIII during the reformation in 1539 but the Cathedral survived. A hundred and ten years later Oliver Cromwell, whose house is in the shadow of the cathedral, fell out with the local clergy, closed the cathedral and used it as stables for his cavalry horses for about ten years.

The cannon as captured from the Russians in Sebastopol and given to Ely City by Queen Victoria in 1860 after the Crimean War. It is mounted on a cast iron carriage that would shatter at the first firing. It would normally be mounted on a wooden carriage during times of war.



comments (10)

wonderful shot here and great depth
Les Auld: Glad you like it Derek, thanks for the comment.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 19 Apr 2010, 08:15
Stunning architecture Les
Les Auld: It is indeed Zed, thanks for the comment.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Apr 2010, 08:19
It's interesting you have showed this, Les, because a couple weeks ago Astrid and I were on a car trip visiting a small town across our river here in Gorinchem and I saw one of these unmounted canons out in the field. It looks like a perfect match. Hmmm. I'm getting my education...as always.
Les Auld: Education is a wonderful ting Ginnie, thanks for the comment.
I love the history Les, I have a little interest in Henry and Elizabeth, great shot smile
Les Auld: History can be fascinating Linda, thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 19 Apr 2010, 12:59
Excellent image
Les Auld: Thanks you Vintage, appreciate the comment.
Lovely shot of this magnificent cathedral Les
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, the weather helped.
Classic Ely shot Les with just a touch extra with your processing. We went here many times when we lived at St.Ives. Did you get to go in the cathedral, it is magnificent.
Les Auld: It is a fine piece of medieval building Brian, thanks for the comment.
Great history attached to this Les..Impressive building.Fine capture too.
Les Auld: Thanks Ron, appreciate the comment.
terrific light and shadow, Les!! there is so much fine detail to take in here smile
Les Auld: A very ornate building Charles, thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Apr 2010, 20:46
The cathedral has quite some history behind it. I can't think who is worse - the Bishop for having such a huge place to himself; or Oliver for stabling the horses there.
Les Auld: A close call Louis, thanks for the comment.

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