Ely, Cambridgeshire (1). Location map
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  Scene showing High Street and Forehill, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England   High Street and Forehill, Ely.

Ely is England's second smallest city dominated by its Norman cathedral. Ely cathedral has the largest collection of Medieval domestic ecclesiastical buildings still in use in this country and evidence of this can be seen on the right hand side of the High Street in this view.

This is at the South East end of the High Street where it continues into Forehill with the Market Place on the left.

 

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  Photograph of the 14th Century Porta, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England   The Porta, Ely.

This 14th Century Gate House was once the main entrance to the priory and is seen here from the inside looking out into The Gallery.

Behind us is Ely park which runs down toward the river with the cathedral to our right.

 

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  View of the West Tower, Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, England   The West Tower, Ely Cathedral, from the North West.

This was our first close view of the cathedral from within the city. We had parked in the Barton Road car park and walked out into Silver Street, round past the Tourist Information Centre in St. Mary's Street, and along the obvious path through the greensward towards the cathedral.

It was a very impressive sight with its decorative stonework. This is where the main entrance door is situated and can be seen at the base of the tower. The overall length of the cathedral is 540 feet.

 

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  View of medieval monastic buildings in The Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England   Looking North East along the road called 'The Gallery' towards the West Tower of Ely Cathedral.

The obviously buttressed medieval building running alongside The Gallery was originally the Monastic Servants Quarters and is now part of King's School.

 

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  Photograph of 17th Century Oliver Cromwell's House, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England   Oliver Cromwell's House.

We walked past here on our way to the cathedral. This is a medieval building, dating from the 13th Century, which was Oliver Cromwell's home from 1636 for 11 years.

It is possible to look round the house for a small charge.

 

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  View of the Cutter Inn and the River Great Ouse, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England   The River Great Ouse which passes the city on its eastern side.

There are a number of boatyards here where motor cruisers and narrow boats may be hired for holidays on the river. There are also short conducted cruises available to see the city from the river.

The obvious white building on the left is The Cutter Inn which, I understand, offers a wide range of good food in its restaurant although we haven't sampled it.

 

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