Ely Cathedral (1), Cambridgeshire. Location map
  View of the West Tower and The Octagon of Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England   Ely Cathedral, seen from Ely Park, showing the West Tower on the left and The Octagon in the centre.

The path which runs from The Porta down to Broad Street, and thence to the river, can be seen directly in front with The Porta out of sight to our left and the river down to our right. You can walk up this way from the railway station if you come by train.


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  Photograph of The Octagon, Ely Cathedral seen from Ely Park, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England   The Octagon, Ely Cathedral.

In 1322 the main crossing tower in the centre of the Norman cathedral collapsed, after standing for over 200 years, and a monk, Alan de Walsingham, designed this much more spectacular replacement.

The tower took six years to complete, but it took a further 14 years to construct the lantern tower on top. This part of the Octagon was devised by William Hurley Edward III's master carpenter. The result makes this cathedral unique in Europe.

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  Scene showing the West Tower of Ely Cathedral from across the Bishop's garden, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England   The West Tower of Ely Cathedral, 215 feet in height, seen from the path between The Porta and the Cathedral's South Door looking across the Bishop's garden.




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  Photograph of part of the South wall, Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England   Part of the South wall of Ely Cathedral between the South Door and the East end showing the buttresses.

This part of the cathedral houses the Presbytery and the Choir.



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  View of the East end of Ely Cathedral and the Lady Chapel, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England   The East end of Ely Cathedral with the Octagon just visible over the top and the Lady Chapel on the right.

The Lady Chapel is the largest of its kind attached to any British cathedral.



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