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The Presbytery is so named because it is here that the priests, or presbyters, officiate. It was dedicated in 1252 in the presence of King Henry III and Prince Edward. The Norman church ended just east of the steps to your left. In the thirteenth century Bishop Hugh Northwold rebuilt the whole of the east [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Dec 20th 2018

St Dunstan (909- 988) and St Ethelwold (908 – 984)
Together these two churchmen were responsible for the revival of monasticism in England. In 970, one hundred years after it was sacked by the Danes, Ethelwold, Bishop of Winchester, re-established the monastery in Ely as a Benedictine foundation.
The Rule of Benedict, written in the 6th century, [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Dec 18th 2018

Entering the Lady Chapel you meet a gracious, light and open space. The thirteenth and fourteenth centuries saw the rise of the cult of the Virgin Mary, and chapels in her honour were added to many churches and cathedrals, including Ely. This chapel is exceptional as it is by far the largest attached to any [...]

6 Comments CherryPie on Dec 17th 2018

The Processional Way replaces a medieval passageway that pilgrims used to pass from the shrine of St Etheldreda to the Lady Chapel. It was dedicated in the year 2000, and is the first substantial addition to the Cathedral since the fifteenth century. The dedication is recorded in a stone slab set in the floor.

This processional [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Dec 12th 2018

On one of the walls just inside the entrance to Ely Cathedral there is a large modern sculpture of a cross.

On the North West Transept wall there is a magnificent sculpture called ‘The Way of Life‘ by Jonathan Clarke. One of three sculptures specially commissioned for the millennium, Jonathan Clarke’s The Way of Life is made [...]

14 Comments CherryPie on Dec 10th 2018

An inscription at the bottom says : In honour and memory of the members of 2,3,8 and 100 Groups who served in the Ely district during the second world war, 1939 to 1945. The outer panels show aircrew and airman figures, between them are Archangel Michael and St. George. Below these are the badges of the [...]

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