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Ely Cathedral > LinkExternal link is believed to originate from an old church which was restored by Etheldreda, queen, foundress and abbess of Ely. She was the daughter of Anna, king of East Anglia and can often be found depicted on East Anglian rood screens. In 673 she founded a monastery in Ely, the site of which was where Ely cathedral now stands. The monastery flourished but was eventually destroyed by the Danes and refounded as a Benedictine community in 970. Etheldreda died around 680 and was buried in Ely where her shrine was the focus for a vast number of medieval pilgrims. Work on the cathedral as it stands today began in the 11th century under the leadership of Abbot Simeon, and the monastic church became a cathedral in 1109. The oldest parts of the cathedral still standing are the south and north transepts which date from around 1090. Both have C15 hammerbeam roofs adorned with carved angels. The west tower was extended in the 14th century and the octagonal lantern above the crossing was built by Alan of Walsingham after the Norman central tower had collapsed in 1322. The monastery at Ely was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539 and St Etheldreda's shrine was destroyed. The first major restoration took place in the 18th century and a second restoration project began in 1839 under the then Dean George Peacock and architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. A third major restoration project - the most expensive to date - was begun in 1986 and completed in the year 2000. The cathedral is 161 metres long and nave and aisles are 24 metres wide. The Octagon lantern tower is situated 43 metres above the floor. The total area of the cathedral covers 4273 square metres. The cathedral's stained glass windows date from the Victorian restoration.

A Stained Glass Museum is situated in the south triforium gallery. It is the only museum in England dedicated to stained glass.

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TL5480 : Ely Cathedral - the Lady Chapel by Evelyn Simak
TL5480 : Grotesque, Ely Cathedral by J.Hannan-Briggs
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral - the Lady Chapel (detail) by Evelyn Simak
TL5480 : Memorial Stained glass window, Ely Cathedral by Julian P Guffogg
TL5480 : Under the Lantern, Ely Cathedral by Julian P Guffogg
TL5380 : The Ship of the Fens by Bob Harvey
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral - west tower by N Chadwick
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral - St Edmund's chapel (wall paintings) by Evelyn Simak
TL5480 : Reset medieval stained glass, Ely Cathedral by Julian P Guffogg
TL5480 : Jonah, Stained glass window, Ely Cathedral by Julian P Guffogg
TL5480 : Elijah Stained glass window, Ely Cathedral by Julian P Guffogg
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral - south transept by Evelyn Simak
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral - west doorway by Evelyn Simak
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral - monument in choir aisle by Evelyn Simak
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral - stained glass window by Evelyn Simak
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral - painted ceiling by N Chadwick
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral - St Edmund's chapel (wall paintings) by Evelyn Simak
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral - the nave roof by Evelyn Simak
TL5480 : Reredos - Ely Cathedral by The Carlisle Kid
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral by N Chadwick
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral by N Chadwick
TL5480 : Stained glass window, Ely Cathedral by Julian P Guffogg
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral by N Chadwick
TL5480 : Grotesque, Ely Cathedral by J.Hannan-Briggs
TL5480 : Ely Cathedral - monument in choir aisle by Evelyn Simak

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Created: Sat, 20 Nov 2010, Updated: Sun, 21 Nov 2010

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