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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ely A History and Description of the Building with a Short Account of the Monastery and of the See   By: (1839-1913)

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THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ELY

A History and Description of the Building with a Short Account of the Former Monastery and of the See

by

THE REV. W. D. SWEETING, M.A. Vicar of Holy Trinity, Rotherhithe and Author of "Peterborough"

With XLVII Illustrations

[Illustration: ELY CATHEDRAL FROM THE SOUTH. Photochrom Co. Ltd. Photo. ]

[Illustration: The Arms of the See.]

London George Bell & Sons 1910 First Published June 1901. Reprinted 1902, 1910.

AUTHOR'S PREFACE.

It is hardly necessary to give a complete list of all the authorities consulted in the preparation of this book. As specially valuable for Ely may be named the "Liber Eliensis" and the "Inquisitio Eliensis"; the histories of Bentham, Hewett, and Stewart; the "Memorials of Ely," and the Handbook to the Cathedral edited and revised by the late Dean; Professor Freeman's Introduction to Farren's "Cathedral Cities of Ely and Norwich"; and the various reports of Sir G. G. Scott. But numerous other sources of information have been examined, and have supplied facts or theories; and in nearly every instance, particularly where the very words are quoted, the authority is given in the text or in the notes.

My best thanks are due to the Dean of Ely for his ready courtesy in allowing free access to every part of the cathedral and for his solution of various difficulties which had presented themselves in comparing different accounts of the fabric. I have also to thank the Rev. T. Perkins and the Photochrom Company for the use of the photographs from which the illustrations have been prepared. For many curious details, and for the loan of some books that are out of print and difficult to obtain, I acknowledge my obligation to Mr. C. Johnson, of Ely.

W. D. SWEETING.

LIST OF CONTENTS.

I. THE HISTORY OF THE BUILDING 3

II. THE CATHEDRAL: EXTERIOR 41 The West Front 43 The Galilee Porch 44 The West Tower 47 The North Side of the Nave 49 The Octagon 50 The North Transept 51 The Lady Chapel 52 The East End 55 The Aisles 56 The Triforium Windows 57 The South Transept 60 The Monks' Door 60 The Prior's Door 60 The Cloister 61

III. THE INTERIOR 63 The Western Transept and S. Catharine's Chapel 64 The Nave 66 The Ceiling 67 The Nave Aisles 69 The Octagon 71 The Transepts 74 The Choir and Presbytery 76 The Lady Chapel 84 Monuments and Stained Glass 87 The Chapel of Bishop Alcock 90 The Chapel of Bishop West 93

IV. HISTORY OF THE MONASTERY 99

V. HISTORY OF THE SEE 113

VI. THE PRECINCTS 131 The Infirmary 131 Prior Crauden's Chapel 132 Ely Porta 133

INDEX 135

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