An early start as we had our group tour arranged at Ely Cathedral at 1000 and it was 2 hours away from Petwood Hotel. We set off at 0815 due to a couple of logistic things that needed to be attended to, but we had a good run and phoned ahead informing the Cathedral that we would be a little late. However, we arrived at 1015 and Alan, our Guide was there waiitng for us.
Ely Cathedral, the "Ship of the Fens" rising from the mist is a name and an image often used to describe Ely's majestic cathedral. The cathedral took 100 years to complete after the foundations for the nave were laid in 1100. However, much earlier in 673 Etheldreda came to what was an island to set up her double monastery for both men and women. At that time the island was known for its trade in Eels, is this where the name Ely comes from?