Welcome to the Medieval City of Ely

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Ely is a Medieval Cathedral City founded in 673 when Princess Etheldreda, daughter of the Anglo-Saxon King Anna adopted Christianity & formed a Convent one mile north of the Saxon village of Cratendune, an act that later ensured her elevation to Saint Etheldreda.

The abbey was destroyed in 870 by Danish invaders[3] and not rebuilt for over a hundred years. The site was one of the last holdouts in England to the rule of William I, its leader Hereward the Wake remaining independent until his surrender in 1071. Following William's defeat of Hereward he commissioned the construction of Ely Castle. It was demolished some time in the 13th century.

Ely was also home to Oliver Cromwell, one the Englands most famous Sons and a true leader of men. A natural leader of Englands finest Army and again in Parliament as it took power from the British Monarchy and transferred it to the common people.

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