English Churches - Cambridgeshire

Ely Cathedral - Part 9


The Choir Aisle and Chapels


The east end of the cathedral was completely rebuilt in the C13th to accommodate increasing numbers of pilgrims to St Etheldreda’s tomb. The choir aisles acted as an ambulatory allowing better access for the pilgrims. They are Early English Gothic with ribbed vaulted ceilings. At the ends of the aisles are chapels.

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The walls are lined with tombs of the great and good
 
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On the floor are tombs of C13th Bishops.

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In the north choir aisle floor is the C19th brass to the well known architect, George Basevi, who was a cousin of Benjamin Disraeli.

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The canopied tomb of Bishop Willaim de Luda has been partially demolished and provides a gateway from the south choir aisle into the presbytery.

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At the end of the choir aisles are chapels. Bishop Alcock’s  Chapel is at the end of the north choir aisle and dates from the end of the C15th. It has elaborately carved walls and a glorious fan vaulted ceiling, the only one in the cathedral.

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This is now the Chapel to the Victims of Torture. The painted reredos behind the altar depicts Christ’s instruments of torture.

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Next to it under the east window telling the story of Christ’s birth, ministry and death, is St Eltheldreda’s Chapel.

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At the end of the south choir aisle is Bishop West’s Chapel. This was the last to be built before the Reformation and has elaborate Decorated ceiling and carving.

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