7 Barton Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4HZ, United Kingdom
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The cathedral seen from the train
1000 years old
Travel Tips for Ely
Almshouses are fairly common in England; most towns and larger villages have some. Funded by independent charities, they usually provide accommodation for the old and needy. Their architecture is often interesting, and they are always built in groups. The first almshouses were built in York, in the 10th century, by King Athelstan.
Ely's almshouses are next to the Tourist Information Office (in Cromwell's house). they date from the 19th century, being provided by one Thomas Parsons, a 'great benefactor of the city'.
As once it was........part 2
Walk to the side of the main entrance to Ely Cathedral, and look closely. You can see clearly how the building has changed and grown over time. The Galilee porch was added to the Western entrance during the 13th century.
The weblink below details all the changes undergone by Ely cathedral; such buildings have never been the solid, static entities they might appear.
Bits knocked off houses....................
You'll notice these in various places around the UK. Basically, the corners of houses were removed so often by large carts (and, later, lorries) that it became simpler to make them less sharp. This one is on the corner of Waterside; I imagine large carts carrying loads from the river quay kept bumping into the house when the roads were narrower.
Oliver Cromwell's house
Following the bloody English Civil War of the 1640s and 1650s, Oliver Cromwell took the title Lord Protector. He ruled with a stern hand. This was the only period in all English history when there was no monarchy. Here is where Cromwell spent his last years. This house also serves as Ely's tourist information center.
The Dry Garden
Next to the eel - still without a T-shirt - I found a dry garden which I hadn't paid much attention to last time. I suppose I was too hard looking for the eel and I didn't notice it. Or maybe the garden is now bigger than two years ago, because the climate is changing? 50 years ago the idea of a dry garden in England would have been laughed at, I think.
It's just a small garden, but beautifully done, and of course something like an eel is finding its way through it. After all, I was in Ely!
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Address: 7 Barton Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4HZ, United Kingdom