permission from timcrawley.co.uk
When I did a Google image search for Ely Cathedral, Tim Crawley's photo stood out from all the others. Love this photo, maybe because it also has cows in it. I think I'm going to relocate to one of those little [most likely outrageously expensive] houses near the cathedral. I wrote to him and he graciously gave me permission to use his photo today.
Anyway, I know this is a tangent (for which I am notorious), but Tim Crawley's website itself is so interesting. Check it out. Tim is a stone carver and has worked at so many of the most interesting historical sites and private residences in England in creation and restoration. Check out his website for a look at his fascinating vocation and projects he's done.
Back to Ely Cathedral
Still on my list of things to see in England is Ely Cathedral. I can't believe that we were within 25 minutes of the site when we were in Cambridge - two different times! It's not like we didn't have a map and didn't know the cathedral existed, but we were focused on Cambridge and as I've said before, it's hard to realize how close together everything is over there. I think the problem might be the scale of miles on the map. My map of England is the same size as my map of the United States. You can see the problem. On the map of England, 1 inch equals 1 inch (a slight exaggeration, of course.) Unlike the States, where one inch equals a thousand miles (another slight exaggeration). In this country, I can ride on a train (going west from Minneapolis to Great Falls, Montana) for 23 hours and see nothing but weeds and a few elk and sunflowers. Not a cathedral, castle, or abbey in sight.
Because I've not yet been to Ely Cathedral, this website will give you better information than I could. Here's an excerpt:
"The near-legendary founder of this Cathedral was Etheldreda, the wife of a Northumbrian king who established a monastery on the spot in 673 A.D. Etheldreda's monastery flourished for 200 years until it was destroyed by the Danes. It was re-founded as a Benedictine community in 970.
"The present structure dates from 1081 and is a remarkable example of both Romanesque and Norman architecture. It was during the early part of the 12th Century the existing monastic church achieved Cathedral status and since that time there have been various additions, changes and restorations throughout the centuries."
Note: My ancestors were the nice Danes, not those responsible for the destruction of the monastery. :-)
englishcathedrals.co.ukHave a great weekend, everyone!
Ely Cathedral is definitely on my must-visit list.