The Old School B&B
The Old School, School Lane, Coveney, Ely, CB6 2DB, United Kingdom
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Travel Tips for Ely
What did East Anglia look like before the draining of the fens, or wetlands? Ely was an island, surrounded by these low, marshy fens. Very few remain today. Here is a prime example. Wicken Fen is a National Trust property. Located nine miles south-east of Ely off the A1123 in Wicken. The address is: Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely CB7 5XP.
I'm always fascinated when I spot ancient stonework being re-used. I spotted this beautiful ?Norman window arch in what is probably a shed/ storeroom at the back of Oliver Cromwell's house. Medieval architecture pops up in the oddest of places in the UK, and gives a real sense of continuity from past to present.
The Lady Chapel
Even more light and airy than the cathedral itself, the Lady Chapel is a good example of the destruction wrought by the 'Roundheads' (Cromwell's men) during the Civil War. Statues were destroyed, windows smashed and paint stripped. Yet, even with the rather dreadful modern sculpture of the Virgin Mary (my opinion only), it remains a peaceful and uplifting place.
...........is, simply, beautiful. It is a magnificent example of Medieval engineering; it is almost impossible to imagine how it was constructed in a time of simple tools and sheer human strength. The Octagon tower which houses the Lantern was built in the 14th century to replace the central Norman tower, which had collapsed.
The back side of the cathedral
This year I had come by train and was walking up to the cathedral from the back side. It was still early in the morning and not many people were around, which made a very special atmosphere. Somehow the cathedral seemed to be more serene.
I saw a beautiful sun dial, but what I liked best were two very old gargoyles, to the right and the left of an old door. I could tell they must have been really old, as they were quite withered, but still their facial expression to scare away other evil spirits was recognizable.
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