English Churches - Cambridgeshire

Ely Cathedral - Part 7


The Choir


The Choir was rebuilt after the Octagon was constructed and is a wonderful example of Decorated architecture. It is small compared to the rest of the cathedral and the dark wood gives it an intimate almost womb like quality. In the C19th restoration, a new choir screen was built. Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott it enabled the congregation seated in the nave to see into the choir.

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral

The choir stalls round the walls are C14th. Gilbert Scott added the sub stall in front of them and also the beautifully carved canopies above the C14th stalls. On the south side are scenes form the Old Testament, with scenes from the New Testament on the north side.

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral

Gilbert Scott was also responsible for the beautifully carved organ front standing high on the north wall and decorated with angels playing trumpets.

Ely Cathedral

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