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Ely Cathedral 6/7

After the central tower collapsed the opportunity was taken to rebuild the first three bays of the choir in a style similar to the new octagon. The work was commissioned by Bishop John Hotham at his personal expense of 2,034 pounds, 12 shillings, 8 pence and 3 farthingsl Its style is a development of the Early English known as Decorated, which is lighter, slender and with more embellishment. The rear rows of the Choir stalls date from the fourteenth century. Underneath the seats are carved panels known as misericords. The desks and the front stalls are Victorian, with some fine angel end pieces. On the canopies above the stalls are a series of nineteenth-century carvings, which are the work of Michel Abeloos from Louvain in Belgium. Scenes from the Old Testament are on the south side, and on the north side are corresponding scenes from the New Testament. At the west end, the birth of Jesus is parallelled with the creation of Adam; his baptism is parallelled with Noah and the Flood, and his ascension (final panel) with Elijah being taken up to heaven. The Choir screen and the organ case are by George Gilbert Scott, the latter being modelled on the medieval organ in Strasbourg Cathedral.

Ely Cathedral 6/7

After the central tower collapsed the opportunity was taken to rebuild the first three bays of the choir in a style similar to the new octagon. The work was commissioned by Bishop John Hotham at his personal expense of 2,034 pounds, 12 shillings, 8 pence and 3 farthingsl Its style is a development of the Early English known as Decorated, which is lighter, slender and with more embellishment. The rear rows of the Choir stalls date from the fourteenth century. Underneath the seats are carved panels known as misericords. The desks and the front stalls are Victorian, with some fine angel end pieces. On the canopies above the stalls are a series of nineteenth-century carvings, which are the work of Michel Abeloos from Louvain in Belgium. Scenes from the Old Testament are on the south side, and on the north side are corresponding scenes from the New Testament. At the west end, the birth of Jesus is parallelled with the creation of Adam; his baptism is parallelled with Noah and the Flood, and his ascension (final panel) with Elijah being taken up to heaven. The Choir screen and the organ case are by George Gilbert Scott, the latter being modelled on the medieval organ in Strasbourg Cathedral.

comments (9)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Dec 2017, 04:25
It is sumptuous, Brian!
Brian Walbey: A good choice of word Ray, some fine work in that area.
Quel bel intérieur !
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 9 Dec 2017, 06:41
Very impressive isn't it
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Martine.
It is a fine sight Brian
Brian Walbey: I would love to hear the choir singing some fine choral music from here, even better being in a choir myself singing similar music from there.
Terrific interior shot, Brian.!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom, every part of this cathedral is impressive.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Dec 2017, 15:00
I see you was as mesmerised by this cathedral as me - a wonderful image!
Brian Walbey: I most certainly was Philine, and it also brought back memories of when we lived about 20 miles from Ely up ubtil 1989 and we used to visit Ely at least once a year for an outing.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Dec 2017, 20:25
George Gilbert Scot was an incredible person from what I've learnt.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Alan, when I Google for information about all the different churches I post he is very often referred to as the designer of the changes made by the Victorians and of course among other things he designed the Midland Hotel at St.Pancras and the Albert Memorial.
My goodness the work that went into that!
Brian Walbey: It's lovely isn't it.
How ornate is that!
Brian Walbey: It's lovely isn't it.

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