33 Facts About Ely Cambridgeshire


Little direct evidence of Roman occupation in Ely Cambridgeshire exists, although there are nearby Roman settlements such as those at Little Thetford and Stretham.

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Ely Cambridgeshire railway station, built in 1845, is on the Fen Line and is a railway hub, with lines north to King's Lynn, northwest to Peterborough, east to Norwich, southeast to Ipswich and south to Cambridge and London.

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The city of Ely Cambridgeshire has been twinned with Denmark's oldest town, Ribe, since 1956.

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Origin and meaning of Ely Cambridgeshire's name have always been regarded as obscure by place-name scholars, and are still disputed.

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Ely Cambridgeshire built a monastery in 673 AD, on the site of what is Ely Cathedral.

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The abbots of Ely Cambridgeshire then accumulated such wealth in the region that in the Domesday survey it was the "second richest monastery in England".

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Ely Cambridgeshire's octagon is considered "one of the wonders of the medieval world".

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Cherry Hill is the site of Ely Cambridgeshire Castle which is of Norman construction and is a United Kingdom scheduled monument.

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Ely Cambridgeshire was paid £30 per annum to employ the poor to "spin jersey" and was to pay them in money not goods.

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John Howard visited Ely Cambridgeshire and described the conditions in The Gaol:- 'This gaol the property of the bishop, who is lord of the franchiseof the Isle of Ely Cambridgeshire, was in part rebuilt by the late bishop about ten years ago; upon complaint of the cruel method* which for want of a safe gaol, the Keeper took to secure his prisoners.

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Ely Cambridgeshire Cathedral was "the first great cathedral to be thoroughly restored".

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Abbey at Ely Cambridgeshire was one of many which were refounded in the Benedictine reforms of King Edgar the Peaceful.

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The Isle of Ely Cambridgeshire was mentioned in some statutes as a county palatine; this provided an explanation of the bishop's royal privileges and judicial authority, which would normally belong to the sovereign; but legal authorities such as Sir Edward Coke did not completely endorse the form of words.

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When Ely Cambridgeshire was given a Local Board of Health by Queen Victoria in 1850, the order creating the board said it was to cover the "city of Ely Cambridgeshire".

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Elections to the UK Parliament, Ely is part of the South East Cambridgeshire constituency.

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West of Ely Cambridgeshire is made up of limestones from the Jurassic period, whilst the east Ely Cambridgeshire area consists of Cretaceous chalks known locally as clunch.

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In between these two major formations, the high ground forming the Isle of Ely Cambridgeshire is from a lower division Cretaceous system known as Lower Greensand which is capped by Boulder Clay; all local settlements, such as Stretham and Littleport, are on similar islands.

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Low-lying fens surrounding the island of Ely Cambridgeshire were formed, prior to the 17th century, by alternate fresh-water and sea-water incursions.

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Present-day annual events in Ely Cambridgeshire include Aquafest, which has been staged at the riverside by the Rotary Club on the first Sunday of July since 1978.

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In 2018 Ely Cambridgeshire hosted the 'Pride' festival, celebrating LGBT and diversity.

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Since September 1956, Ely Cambridgeshire has been twinned with Ribe, Denmark's oldest town and part of the Municipality of Esbjerg; officials from Ribe first came to Ely Cambridgeshire in 1957.

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City of Ely Cambridgeshire has several visitor attractions, including The Stained Glass Museum, the only museum dedicated to stained glass in the UK.

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Ely Cambridgeshire Museum, housed in the old city gaol, is a local history museum which tells the story of Ely Cambridgeshire and the surrounding Fens from pre-historic times to the present day.

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Ely Cambridgeshire railway station, on the Fen Line, is a major railway hub with the Cambridge to Ely Cambridgeshire section opening in 1845.

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Ely Cambridgeshire is on the north-south A10 road from London to King's Lynn; the southwestern bypass of the town was built in 1986.

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The diocese of Ely Cambridgeshire was created in 1108 out of the see of Lincoln, and a year later the bishopric of Ely Cambridgeshire was founded.

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Ely Cambridgeshire is the nearest cathedral city to Cambridge, which lies within the same diocese.

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The Diocese of Ely Cambridgeshire covers 1,507 square miles, 641,000 people and 335 churches.

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The Diocese of Ely Cambridgeshire includes the western part of Norfolk, a few parishes in Peterborough and Essex, and one in Bedfordshire.

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In 1944 and 2021, the Boat Race took place on a course on the Great Ouse on the outskirts of Ely Cambridgeshire, moved from the River Thames due to World War II and the COVID-19 pandemic, respectively.

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In 1973, Ely Cambridgeshire won the international Jeux Sans Frontieres competition, becoming the last British town to win the title outright.

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Princess of Wales Hospital in the north of Ely Cambridgeshire was built during the Second World War by the Royal Air Force, and until 1993 it served nearby RAF stations including Marham, Feltwell, Lakenheath, and Mildenhall.

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Former RAF hospital based in Ely Cambridgeshire meant that many children of serving RAF parents were born in the city, including rugby union player and Rugby World Cup 2003 winning manager with England national rugby team, Clive Woodward, Australian emigree actor Guy Pearce, and actors Sam Callis, Simon MacCorkindale and David Westhead.

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