|The latest Fen Technology|
Ely was built on a patch of high land in the middle of the Fens(swamp). The Cathedral is built on the highest part of this patch and its spires stand above every other building. The ceiling paintings are amazing, they were replaced by two Victorian artists after the cleansing of the idolators at the time of Henry's dissolution of the monasteries etc.
We went to Evensong in the Ladies Chapel. It had been completely stripped of all its murals and stained glass during the dissolution as it was a shrine to the 'Queen of Heaven'. Businesses are named along lower panes of new windows that have contributed to the refurbishing of the chapel. There is now a covered and beautifully glassed passage from the main church to the chapel, the stained glass has begun to be replaced and there is a very modern looking altar and sculpture of Mary up the front. She must have been made in the 70's for she has long flicked back Farrah Fawcett type yellow hair and is posed with her hips thrust out, hands up in a bit of a disco move and has an expression of dazed ecstasy. She has on a bright blue Lady Macbeth number with a golden girdle though not solid gold dancing pants. Above her are ceiling paintings of red roses and in the centre is a little bright blue dragon - obviously the cleansers couldn't reach that high.
|Cromwell's Tudor House|
|Front tower of Ely Cathedral|
A house that Oliver Cromwell inherited and lived in for some years had a museum in it and St Mary's church on its doorstep. Here he became an MP and started down the political, religious trail that would end with his body being exhumed, hung and beheaded when the Stuarts were restored to the Kingdom.
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It is 7:30 in the morning and bells from various churches have been dinging away for the last hour or so in fits and spurts - no need for the wake up call offered by 'The Lamb'. The rooms are above the old stables and twist around through narrow corridors as they mirror the floor plan below. We (Michael would say I, since I was leading) got lost. At the end of the last corridor was room 12 and we had a key for 14. There was no 13 and we had missed a little hallway and step way back that led to rms. 14 - 16. After creaking though tight twists and turns we finally found the room dumped our stuff and went out to stroll around this Cathedral town.
Reading Now: A Little History of the World by E.H.Gombrich, son of the author of 'The Story of Art'
About 10 pages on different major periods of History. He begins with prehistory.
"Just so that 'Once upon a time' doesn't keep dragging us back down to the bottomless well, from now on we'll always shout: 'Stop! When did that happen?' And if we also ask, 'And how exactly did that happen?' we will be asking about history. Not just a story, but our story, the story that we call the history of the world." p4
|A miracle ? - St Cherry?|