Podtour of Ely - cathedral and city
In 1322 disaster struck Ely cathedral. The Norman
tower of the cathedral collapsed, bringing much of the church down in its
Some men would have wept. But Alan of Walsingham,
in charge of the rebuilding effort, had a wonderful dream. He went on to
mastermind the construction of a unique, amazing octagonal lantern turret
that is Ely's glory - and was probably the most avant garde architecture
in the England of its day.
But Ely has other things to offer, too. A fine Norman
nave, in creamy Barnack stone a huge labyrinth in the pavement interesting
monastic buildings and the luminous Lady Chapel, another unique work built
under Alan of Walsingham's rule. Add a few rather good monuments and two
of the most ornate chantry chapels in the whole of England, and you have
a cathedral that's not to be missed.
Our Podtour™ introduces you to Alan of Walsingham
and his superiors, Prior Crauden and Bishop Hotham, and the way they changed
Ely for ever. And we learn about some of the medieval politics in which
the bishops of Ely became embroiled... and why Alan of Walsingham never
became a bishop.