Nearly two weeks ago now we had a bit of a storm and the glass in half the roof of one of Amanda's greenhouses was blown out. It didn't do it a lot of good. That damage is covered by our house insurance but to keep the annual premium down we elected to have an excess imposed of £50. That means we have to pay £50 pounds towards each claim and as that would be about the cost of replacing the glass it wasn't worth claiming.

Meanwhile Amanda did a search on ebay and found someone within travelling distance of us who was selling some secondhand greenhouse glass the right size for £20 for 20 sheets. We need only 8 so that's a bargain. Amanda bought 20 sheets.

So this morning, Thursday, we set off for Gazeley in Suffolk near Newmarket and collected the glass. The thing about Gazeley is that it's not very far from Ely so guess where we went next.

We were last in Ely 12 years ago and I can't remember why but I didn't take any photographs of the interior of the cathedral, apart from one single picture of the nave, so we decided to rectify that omission. Ely doesn't seem to be on the normal tourist routes and they don't know what they're missing.

Ely Cathedral is different. It is unique in that it doesn't have a central tower like other cathedrals but instead it has a structure called the Octagon. In 1322 the Norman central tower collapsed caused, it is thought, by the digging of foundations for the new Lady Chapel. The tower was replaced by an innovative design called the Octagon which was surmounted by a smaller structure called the Lantern Tower.

Part of the ceiling of each transept is visible in the first picture, at the bottom of the left and right edges, and the transepts are the oldest parts of the cathedral dating from 1090.


As well as being an unusual cathedral it has many items of interest inside. The nave ceiling, as you can see below, is quite something even though it is 'only' Victorian in age.

The Quire and Presbytery.

The Quire looking into the nave.

The South Aisle.

We stopped for lunch part way through our photographic proceedings and retired to the cathedral's Refectory Cafe which is small but perfectly formed. smilies

The food was a little on the expensive side but nice. Whatever you do don't go near the cakes. Just looking at them will make you put on weight. But, and I talk from experience here, the Coffee and Walnut cake is delicious.

If you are at all interested in cathedrals then this is a 'must'. Don't miss it!

There are exterior pictures of the cathedral on the web site from our previous visit in 2002 and these interiors, and more, will be added in due course.