THE THREE BLACKBIRDS, ELY.

24) THE THREE BLACKBIRDS

Walk up to the side of the Cutter Inn and follow the path straight ahead until you reach the old house at the end called THE THREE BLACKBIRDS. This is a listed building constructed towards the end of the 13th century and considerably altered in the first half of the 14th century. Originally a merchant's house, there was an opening in the lower hall that was used for handling money with the least risk of being robbed. It was later a public house and is one of the earlier secular buildings in the district. Turn right into Broad Street and cross the road. A gateway on the left leads into Cherry Park and monastic buildings.

Cherry Hill to the left of the path contains an obelisk to Canon Bentham, an 18th century church historian. The mound is all that survives of what was originally a "Motte and Bailey" type castle, later in the 14th century a windmill stood on the summit and was used to grind corn for the monk's bread. The path offers an excellent view of the Cathedral

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