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19 June 2018Ely Cathedral
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Ely Cathedral
Tuesday 19 June 2018

Highly regarded by historians and architects from all over the world for its beauty and size, Ely Cathedral is the only UK building to be listed as one of the “Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages”. Visible for miles around, the Cathedral is often referred to as “The Ship of the Fens”.

The city of Ely may be small in comparison to other cities but its Cathedral is a magnificent structure with a history dating back over 1300 years. Despite its remoteness, Ely has an association with well known Kings & Saints who have shaped our history: King Canute, William the Conqueror, Hereward the Wake, Henry III, Edward III, Queen Philippa and Oliver Cromwell.

We will have a guided tour of both this beautiful Cathedral and its stained glass museum.  The museum houses a collection of stained glass from religious and secular buildings.  We will explore the development of the art form from the medieval to modern era. For the energetic among us, it is also possible to purchase a ticket to climb one of the towers to enjoy the spectacular views from the top. The afternoon will be at leisure to explore the other attractions that Ely has to offer.  There is a Museum, Oliver Cromwell’s House, Jubilee Gardens and the Dean’s Meadow and Cherry Hill Park will take you from the Cathedral down to the picturesque riverside.

Tickets for this outing will be available at the April and May lecture meetings.

Visit co-ordinator:  Pat Farnsworth 0208 657 5756