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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Ely Cathedral

With the weather forecast looking pretty awful off to Ely Cathedral!

My 1937 Baedeker says that the Cathedral

is one of the largest and most varied in England, dominates the fens like "a great solitary ship in a sea" and succeeds an abbey founded in 673 by St Etheldreda or Audrey, Queen of Northumbria, and reorganised under the Benedictine rule by St Ethelwold, bishop of Winchester (d 984). The existing building as begun in 1083 by Simeon, first Norman abbot, and the E. half was complete in its original form when the the see of Ely was created in 1109. The W. part of the Norman nave, including the castellated W. tower. (which suggests military rather than ecclesiastical architecture), was finished in c1180 and the Galilee (porch) was added by Bishop Eustace (1197-1215). Bishop Hugh of Northwold (1229-1254) pulled down the E. end of the choir and added the present presbytery (the six easternmost bays) in the Early English Style. The central tower fell in 1322, and Alan of Walsingham the sacrist (afterwards prior), seized the opportunity to construct the beautiful decorated Octagon completed 1348, and the three W. bays of the choir. The Lady Chapel is also of  his design, and the octagonal top of the west tower is likewise of the Dec. period. The N.W. transept collapsed soon afterwards. In the 15th cent. the tower was strengthened by massive arches in the Perp. style . The building was restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1847 et. seq. It is 520ft long and 77ft wide, while the length of the transcepts is 178ft. The cathedral is open free 8-5 or 6.30, Sun 10.30-8. The W. tower (215ft) may be ascended at 11 and 3 (6d). Services at 9.15 and 4, on Sun at 8.15, 11 and 6.30.

It also tells you a lot about the interior as well!!

I can tell you the Cathedral is no longer free but a wopping £8

Some pics....

So lunch and off to Anglessey Abbey.

The cake looked a bit tempting....

but I resisted!! and had a nice Winter Vegetable soup


oldcrow61 said...

Absolutely fantastic cathedral. Well worth the price of admission I'd say. Those cakes are enough to make me drool. I'm very jealous of the flowers that are blooming.

Ragged Robin said...

Oh goodness Ely Cathedral - in my top ten of places to visit. It looks really beautiful. Great photos :) Love the hellebores too :)

churchaholic said...

In response to "a whopping £8.00" (which is quite a lot) here's the charges for other cathedra in England:

Birmingham – appears to be free.
Blackburn - appears to be free.
Bradford - appears to be free.
Bristol – free.
Canterbury is now (or will be from April) £10.50.
Chelmsford – free.
Chester - appears to be free.
Chichester – free.
Christ Church (Oxford) - £7.00.
Coventry - appears to be free.
Derby - appears to be free.
Durham – free but no photography.
Exeter - £6.00.
Gloucester – donation of £5.00, photography permit £3.00.
Guildford - appears to be free.
Hereford - £6.00.
Leicester – free.
Lichfield – free, photography permit £3.00.
Lincoln – Nave free but if you want to explore further, we do ask you to pay an entry charge – which is not specified!
Liverpool - £5.00.
Manchester – donation.
Newcastle – donation.
Norwich – donation.
Peterborough – donation, photography permit £3.00.
Portsmouth - appears to be free.
Ripon – donation.
Rochester – donation.
Salisbury is a suggested donation of £6.50.
Sheffield - appears to be free.
Southwark - appears to be free.
Southwell - appears to be free.
St Albans - appears to be free.
St Edmunsbury (Bury St Edmunds) – donation.
St Paul’s - £16.00.
Truro – donation £5.00.
Wakefield – donation.
Wells – donation £6.00, photography £3.00.
Westminster - £18.00.
Winchester - £7.50.
Worcester – free, photography £3.00.
York - £15.00.

Pete Duxon said...

Southwell had a £4 charge for photography last time I was there. St Paul's and Westminster don't allow photography. Surprised by Durham saying no photography.....

Tricia Ryder said...

Guildford IS free, was there fairly recently.