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Ely Cathedral f.20

Ely Cathedral f.20

Artist: Buckler, John Chessell

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36360

Item number: f.20

Length: 22.9

Width: 35.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Etheldreda, an Anglo-Saxon princess, founded her monastery on the Isle of Ely in 673. It was sacked by invading Danes 200 years later and was re-founded as a Benedictine community in 970. Construction of the main body of the church began in 1081 under the leadership of Abbot Simeon, and continued for about a century. When the Diocese of Lincoln became fragmented, the Diocese of Ely came into existence and the monastic church was granted cathedral status in 1109. The cathedral is one of the finest examples anywhere of Norman ecclesiatical architecture, and when Henry VIII closed down the monastic establishments in 1539, Ely emerged, compared to other cathedrals, relatively undamaged. The nave measures 248 ft in length and the tower, constructed over two centuries, stands 215 ft high.

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