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The City of Ely, The Cathedral & Cromwells house.

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With no walking and trekking about, due to water logged fields and floodwaters, we booked ourselves into a hotel near to the city of Ely. We have had this place on our cites to visit now for some time and it turned out to be a great trip out. The city of Ely is just 14 miles away from cambridge and sits in the Fens with some of the most fertile agricultural peat laden ground in the Uk. We started off in the Lamb Inn for a breakfast and a coffee before braving the cold, breakfast in the inn was for £10, so not bad really for city centre pub food and it included Toast and Coffee. The Lamb Hotel is a Grade II listed building which is prominently situated on the corner of Lynn Road and High Street 100 yards (91 m) north of the west end of the cathedral. The first building we looked at was St Mary's Vicarage better known locally as Cromwell House, it is a Grade II* listed building of mainly sixteenth-century plaster-frame construction although it has some stone arches, circa 1380. A plaque on the front of the house records that this is "Cromwell House, the residence of Oliver Cromwell from 1636 to 1647 when collector of Ely Tithes".[32]Between 1843–1847 the house was the Cromwell Arms public house and it was restored in 1905 when it was given its "timbered appearance".[162] The house was opened as a re-creation of seventeenth-century living and a tourist information centre on 6 December 1990. There has been much debate on Cromwell lately on the radio with " hero or villain " well I had a good read and come to the conclusion he was a hero, and I will have to visit Naseby the scene of the final battle, in which he defeated the Monarchy, you can visit the website by clicking this link to find out about Cromwell's house.
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Our main place to visit was the Cathedral and as we made our way to the entrance we found this huge cannon on Palace Green. A cannon, captured during the Crimean War at the Siege of Sevastopol (1854–1855) and gifted to Ely by Queen Victoria in 1860, is located on Palace Green, west of the cathedral.[138] The inscription reads "Russian cannon captured during the Crimean War presented to the people of Ely by Queen Victoria in 1860 to mark the creation of the Ely Rifle Volunteers".[139] The cannon was cast[xv] at the Alexandrovski factory in 1802, the factory's director being the Englishman, Charles Gascoigne. The serial number is 8726. The calibre is 30 pounds and the weight is 252 poods, or about 9,000 pounds (4,100 kg).[141] The cannon is mounted on an iron carriage which would previously have been mounted on a "heavy iron traversing slide" known as 'Systeme Venglov 1853'.[140][142] The Ely Rifle Volunteers, formed in 1860, became part of theCambridgeshire Regiment during 1914–1918 then subsequently part of the Royal Anglian Regiment until disbanded in 1999 .

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Ely Cathedral.
Entrance to the Cathedral was £8 something and well worth the money, as its a huge building and a great place to visit and take pictures , there is a small coffee and gift shop (you can never escape the gift shop) all within the building. You can also for a small fee visit the tower and look over Ely itself however it was to cold for me so we left this for another day. We have visited many of the Cathedrals in the uk and this was one of the best to date set in a
Romanesgue Gothic style, with the collapse of the Norman Tower in 1322, a great Octagonal lantern was built in its place.

The cathedral is built from stone quarried from Barnack in Northamptonshire (bought from Peterborough Abbey, whose lands included the quarries, for 8000 eels a year), with decorative elements carved from Purbeck Marble and local clunch. The plan of the building is cruciform (cross-shaped), with an additional transept at the western end. The total length is 537 feet (163.7 m),[6] and the nave at over 75 m long (250 ft) remains one of the longest in Britain. The west tower is 66m high (215 ft). The unique Octagon 'Lantern Tower' is 23 m (74 ft) wide and is 52 m (170 ft) high. Internally, from the floor to the central roof boss the lantern is 43 m (142 ft) high.

Some text is copied from
Wikipedia and it is the website I suggest you go to for a more detailed description on this truly beautiful building. To fully describe the cathedral here would take me ages to complete .


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