E is for Ely

We don’t travel in England as much as we should. We visit the Lake District fairly regularly, and our friends in Yorkshire, but we don’t often spend holidays any further south. These pictures were taken on a trip to Cambridge during which we went to Ely for the day. It’s a pretty market town in the centre of the Fens – it used to be an island and the name derives from the eels that lived in the surrounding waters. There’s plenty of history – the magnificent Norman Romanesque Cathedral was completed in 1189, and what is now the Tourist Information Centreย (the half-timbered house below) was home to Oliver Cromwell from 1636-46 when he was the local tithe (tax) collector .

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    • Thanks for the comment – and glad to have found your blog, which I have added to my RSS. Even in the last few posts you have places I have been and loved (Jamestown, Charlottesville) and places still on my list (Yosemite).

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  1. I haven’t travelled enough around the English countryside..it was always something I thought I could keep for later but later is now upon me! Ely looks interesting. I’d beeter get started!

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    • It’s so easy to ignore home territory in favour of abroad. I always say I should make more effort to travel in Britain then the lure of the exotic takes over!

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  2. Ely Cathedral looks like an amazing piece of architecture, but let’s be honest the Brits do this really well when it comes to archaic churches and cathedrals! I think it would be really cool to see Cromwell’s house, this experience really looks like when we went to Stratford-upon-Avon and saw Shakespeare’s dwelling!

    Great post, really enjoying following our fellow participant in the A to Z Challenge!

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  3. Beautiful photos, it looks so lovely! Regrettably we haven’t explored much of the English countryside but we did spend a few days in Salisbury and it was wonderful! I’d love to visit more of the country in the future. Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

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