Ely Cathedral

I was up in Cambridgeshire for a few days last week and one evening I went in to Ely to see the magnificent Norman Cathedral

Amazing to think that this was built nearly 1000 years ago

The sun lighting the stonework

The lantern

When you are in the Cambridgeshire Fens you can often see Ely Cathedral – sitting high on the hill that Ely is built upon – local the Cathedral is known as the ‘Ship of the Fens’.

 

The best bookshop in England?

I’m up in Cambridgeshire helping the National Trust with their Wicken Fen Vision at the moment. Yesterday afternoon I went into Ely for my tea. It was absolutely pouring with rain but I managed to see the magnificent Cathedral and went to what is maybe the best bookshop in England….

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Here is is the ‘Ship of the Fens’ – the tower illuminated in the autumn rainy night

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Ely has the best book shop (perhaps outside of London) I have ever been too, this is Topping and Company in the High Street – three floors of books! If you take natural history there are 7¬†shelves including a complete set of the re-printed Collins New Naturalist Series – I’ve never seen that anywhere else including in London.

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I bought these four books – amazing that they were in stock – really specialist books which you would only expect to find via Goggle or Amazon.

If you live in Cambridgeshire – go to this shop and use it – it is a gem. They also have branches in Fife and Baths.