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A trip to Ely organised By The Arts Society St Albans  20th September 2018, The weather was dull but the rain held off. The light in the Cathedral was low which did not help photography

Map of Ely city

The Almonry Cafe for Coffee and Biscuits

An elderly volunteer repairing the wall

"Meridiana" by Helaine Blumenfeld

The Eastern End of the Cathedral

Northern aspect

West Front

West Door

Kings School, Old Palace - their Six Form Centre

Tawdry in the 17th century was short for tawdry lace, a fine silk lace or ribbon worn as a necklace in the 16th–17th centuries, a contraction of St Audrey's lace.  Audrey was a later form of Etheldreda (died 679), patron saint of Ely where tawdry laces, along with cheap imitations and other cheap finery, were traditionally sold at a fair.

An ad for Helaine Blumenfeld's exhibition of sculptures around the Cathedral

Meridiana (bronze)

The Nave

Tree of Life

Bishop James Russell Woodford

Patent Heater

The Lantern above the Octagon

The Octagon spreads the buildings weight out over soft ground

Bishop William Selwyn

Towards the High Altar

A Lunchtime violin recital

The Noah Window

The Location Log of our walk via GPS

Phantom soldier

St Georges Chapel

The Lady Chapel

St Etheldreda (Æthelthryth, Ediltrudis, Audrey) (d.679), queen and abbess of Ely. She was the daughter of Anna, king of East Anglia.  At an early age she was married to Tondberht, ealdorman of the South Gyrwas, but remained a virgin. On his death she retired to the Isle of Ely, her dowry.  In 660, for political reasons, she was married to Egfrith, the young king of Northumbria who was then only 15 years old and several years younger than her. He agreed that she should remain a virgin but 12 years later he wished their marital relationship to be normal. Etheldreda refused and left him and became a nun and founded a monastery at Ely in 673.  Etheldreda restored an old church at Ely and built her monastery on the site of what is now Ely Cathedral. After its restoration in 970 by Ethelwold it became the richest abbey in England except for Glastonbury due to pilgrims visiting her shrine as her body had been found uncorrupted and she was Sanctified. Etheldreda's monastery flourished for 200 years until it was destroyed by the Danes. It was refounded as a Benedictine community in 970, dissolved by Henry VIII and improvements continued after the restoration of Charles II until Victorian times

The free standing Lady Chapel

All the saints had been decapitated and the Gargoyles damaged....


......during the Reformation

Exodus II   (Bronze)

Destiny II   (Wood)

In Remembrance

Marble Spiral Staircase to the Organ loft

A Rood Screen

St Eltheldreda

Many snappers there

A lot of the stonework was coloured originally

No vest!

Organ Pipes

A fine door

The Choir

Sir Robert Steward

What is happening?

The Ascension


The Pulpit


The South Door

Brass Eagle Lectern

West Front, Early English Gothic

West Door

Deans House on the Green


The "Minster Tavern" for lunch

Cathedral Northgate

On "Waterside"

The Ely Market

The "Royal Standard"

"Quayside" on the Great Ouse

A Boat Lift

The Maltings

Narrow Boats

An Ely Eel in Jubilee Gardens

Looking at the North side across Deans Meadows

A Cathedral Gatehouse


Oliver Cromwell's House

Quakers at the door

Cathedral external decoration details

Romanesque Arch

The Route to the Cross with floor Labyrinth in the Vestibule

We looked round the Stained Glass Museum

Enamel work

Painted details

The Seven Ages of man. NB Daily Mirror

Elders of the Church


The Priest and the Levite, right

The two Marys

A Jolly Lion

NB The "Observer"

Barber Surgeons? going at it Hammer and Tongs


The Tale of the Prodigal son, left

A lot of lead was used

Monkey Vice Panel from Tenier's paintings

A Fairy tale

Siren by Pauline Boty

Inner Space by Paul San Casciani

Self Portrait by Debora Coombs

The steep way out

The Ely Town Crest

The Bishops Palace from the coach before we set off for home