R and I stayed in Cambridge for a few days in April to visit R’s mum and some friends. On one of those days we walked to the station and took a short train journey to Ely.

Roofs in Cambridge from Kingston Street.
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We were mainly in Ely to see one of R’s friends who lives there. After meeting up with her, we had the afternoon free; we went to visit the famous cathedral, which I’d never seen.

Metal railings.
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Gateway near private school.
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Ely Cathedral

The cathedral is quite large and impressive. You have to pay to get in; they seem to get quite a lot of visitors, although it wasn’t crowded.

Wooden railing.
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Circular heater (Gurney’s Patent).
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Looking up at the octagonal tower windows in the centre.
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Aged flags.
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Medieval wall paintings.
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Door and arches.
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Painted ceilings above the main aisle.
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Sunlight shining on the memorial stone for a previous dean.
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You know it’s a gothic cathedral: there are actual cobwebs.
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Nice of them to save the Foundress a seat, but perhaps a little optimistic.
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Colourful glass.
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Complicated decorative screen.
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Cheerful monster about to snack on somebody’s head.
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Military flags.
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There is a ‘lady chapel’ dedicated to the Virgin Mary, as in many churches, but this one is basically a separate large building attached to the main cathedral.

Looking across (most of) the width of it.
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The pose looks a little odd - is she praying, or raving? I like the blue though.
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Window showing spires of the cathedral.
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Back in the main cathedral, we finished our tour, deciding not to climb the tower (it was quite expensive, and we wanted to eat lunch).

Candle dump.
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A very old door.
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Stained glass and chequerboard flooring.
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Exterior view.
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We went to have lunch (in what turned out to be the cathedral’s café), then took a very short walk to the riverside on our way back to the railway station.

S. (Building on the corner of Ship Lane.)
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Near the station we passed the premises of Standen, which appears to be an operational manufacturing company (you need a gigantic cathedral in your town to get miracles like that). It makes potato harvesting machines.

Back yard of Standen works.
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Annesdale (street name).
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Standen reception.
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Looking up the stairs in Ely station.
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We got back to Cambridge in good time.

A friendly leopard.
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