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Clues from the Past in Ely Cathedral

By Carol Davidson Cragoe
Image of Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral  ©

Take a detailed look at Ely Cathedral and uncover the rich history of British medieval architecture. Learn what to look for in a cathedral near you, to discover the secrets of its past.

Ely's beginnings

Ely has been a place of Christian worship since at least 673, when Etheldreda, daughter of the king of East Anglia, founded a nunnery there. She later became a saint.

'... Ely became a cathedral, as part of the Norman reforms of the English church.'

Ely was sacked by the Danes in the 870s, but it was rebuilt in anglo-Saxon times, and by the 10th century had become a monastery for men. Nothing survives of the Anglo-Saxon church, which was entirely demolished when the present structure was built after the Norman Conquest. In 1109 Ely became a cathedral, as part of the Norman reforms of the English church.

Published: 2005-02-01



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