Visit to Ely Cathedral & Oliver Cromwell’s House

Ely Cathedral, known locally as “the ship of the Fens”, because of its prominent position above the surrounding flat landscape, has a pre-Norman history going all the way back to 672 AD when it was founded as Ely Abbey by Æthelthryth (St Etheldreda), daughter of the East Anglian King Anna. More information about the history and heritage can be found on the Ely Cathedral website.

On arrival at the drop off point outside the main Cathedral entrance (west door), we will proceed to the The Almonry for coffee/tea and biscuits, following which we will assemble at the west door for a group photograph. We will then enter the Cathedral where we will be met at 11.30 am for a guided tour, following which we will break for lunch. There are many eating options: the Refectory Café, located inside the Cathedral, and Almonry cafe offer a basic range of light lunches, cakes, snacks and drinks, the Almonry restaurant located in the 11C undercroft offers more substantial fare and there are many eateries close by. Alternatively, you might wish to picnic in the Cathedral grounds or in parkland bordering the picturesque riverside. After lunch you are free to roam.

The Stained Glass Museum, located in the Cathedral, is an option. It has a national collection of stained glass from 12C to the present day, rightly called “a Gem in the Fens”.

A costumed guided tour of Oliver Cromwell’s House is also an option and has been arranged for 3.30 pm. We will then board the coach at the drop off point at 5.00 pm and journey back to Melton.

Date & Timings:  Saturday 11th July 2015
Depart from Melton Mowbray at 8.45 am.  Arrive at Destination at c. 10.30 am.
Depart from Destination at 5.00 pm.  Arrive at Melton Mowbray at c. 6.50 pm.

The cost of £25.50 per person includes coach travel, parking, coffee/tea on arrival, guided tour of the Cathedral and gratuities. Spare places may be offered to non-Society members who will be charged an additional £1 to secure temporary membership. Additional charges: visits to the Stained Glass Museum, cost £3 per person; costumed guided tour of Oliver Cromwell’s House, cost £3.70 per person. Both are optional but must be booked in advance to secure group rates.

DLBOOKING-butTo reserve a place on the outing please return the completed booking form to the organiser with the full amount payable – cheques made out to Melton Mowbray & District Historical Societyby 20th June. Please enclose a stamp addressed envelope or an e-mail address so that receipt of your reservation may be acknowledged.  Payments for reservations cancelled within 2 weeks of the outing may be partially refunded provided entrance tickets have not been purchased.

DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL WILL BE FROM/AT THE MELTON & DISTRICT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB, LEICESTER ROAD, MELTON MOWBRAY (NEAR B&Q DIY STORE). PLEASE INDICATE ON BOOKING FORM IF YOU REQUIRE PICK UP FROM WILTON ROAD CAR PARK.

Organiser: Peter Raikes.  Tel: 01664 567118

The Society can accept no responsibility for accidents, loss of property, etc. of those participating in the Society’s events.

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