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The Lady Chapel


Dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus, the Lady Chapel in Ely Cathedral is the largest of its kind in England. Completed in 1349 it was once richly adorned with statues of saints, bright paintwork and stained glass. However in 1543, after Henry VIII had dissolved the monasteries, the Iconoclast General, William Dowsing, had the windows smashed, statues defaced or destroyed and the walls attacked with hammer and chisel, marks of which may still be seen today. The chapel has plain glass in the windows now, with only a small piece of stained glass for colour and there is a modern statue of Mary, otherwise it is still bare and damaged.

The statue, carved out of a halt ton block of Portland Stone, is by the artist David Wynne and has been the subject of much criticism for it's style and the way it portrays Mary. It has been described as looking more like Genghis Khan in a huge blond wig.

More pictures of the walk around Ely Cathedral may be found on my Flickr site here.


The Lady Chapel


Dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus, the Lady Chapel in Ely Cathedral is the largest of its kind in England. Completed in 1349 it was once richly adorned with statues of saints, bright paintwork and stained glass. However in 1543, after Henry VIII had dissolved the monasteries, the Iconoclast General, William Dowsing, had the windows smashed, statues defaced or destroyed and the walls attacked with hammer and chisel, marks of which may still be seen today. The chapel has plain glass in the windows now, with only a small piece of stained glass for colour and there is a modern statue of Mary, otherwise it is still bare and damaged.

The statue, carved out of a halt ton block of Portland Stone, is by the artist David Wynne and has been the subject of much criticism for it's style and the way it portrays Mary. It has been described as looking more like Genghis Khan in a huge blond wig.

More pictures of the walk around Ely Cathedral may be found on my Flickr site here.


comments (8)

i bet it was beautiful before it got smashed to bits, shame but at least its still there to wonder over
Les Auld: It is indeed Derek, thanks for the comment.
Looks like she is taking a throw in for Stoke city
Les Auld: Or taking part in a Mexican wave Bill, thanks for the comment.
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  • 22 Apr 2010, 08:58
The fabric of the building certainly shows the scars, but I am with those against the statue. I prefer my Madonnas in a more melancholic mood ;o)

LOL at Bill ;o)
Les Auld: I think I agree with you Mick, I have also heard it described as a right Charlie Dimmock as well. Thanks for the comment.
Fine bit of stonework underneath her Les
Les Auld: A bit battered though Pamela, thanks for the comment.
oh my, I have definitely never seen Mary portrayed like that. kind of makes me laugh.
Les Auld: Certainly not the traditional style Charles, thanks for the comment.
Shame about the history Les..but it looks pretty good now.
Les Auld: It is a great space to be in Ron, thanks for the comment.
Mary is a bit to modern for me, a real shame about the windows, but it is still an amazing place smile
Les Auld: And me Linda, tradition is there for a reason. Thanks for the comment.
Lovely shot Les as is the Flickr set.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, glad you like them.

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