Old Images of Ely, Cambridgeshire

Ely Cambridgeshire England UK Local History

Ely sits in the county of Cambridgeshire, which is in the region called East of England. The Cathedral and period buildings belie its relatively recent status as a city.

What is Ely famous for?

Ely is famous for its historic Anglican Cathedral. St Etheldreda built an abbey church on the site in AD 672. The current building was started in 1083, with Cathedral status granted in 1109. Ely occupies the largest island in the Cambridgeshire fens, a coastal plain of almost 200 square miles. 

Is Ely a city or a town?

Ely became a city with a Royal Charter in 1974. Before that, it was a town but often called a city because of its ancient Cathedral. The smallest city in England is Wells and has a population of just over 10,000 people. With 18,000 residents, Ely is England’s second-smallest city and the UK’s ninth smallest city.

Is Ely in Cambridgeshire a safe place to live?

Crime statistics show Ely is one of the safest places to live in England. Residents are friendly and generally enjoy a better quality of life than experienced in other British cities.

Ely In The 1940s

Ely (1943)

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British Pathé – Ely, Cambridgeshire.

“Various shots of the impressive cathedral with its 12th century tower. M/S of the East Door. Various shots of the Bishop’s palace from Norman times.  L/S of King’s school, various shots of cathedral walk, and the timbered archways that lead to the high street.  Various shots of the high street and others nearby.  Various shots from the river of houses with red tiled roofs. Various shots of Oliver Cromwell’s house including one interior. L/S of the cathedral again.”

Alms Houses And Ely Cathedral (1949)

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British Pathé – Alms Houses in Stowbridge and Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire.

Ely In The 1980s

Trains In The 1980’s – Ely, Spring 1987

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MrDeltic15 –  “Ely in Spring 1987 with 47582 and 47526 on Kings Lynn-Liverpool Street services, 37040 on coal hoppers, a new Provincial 150 ‘Sprinter’, and even an 08 on freight too!”

Ely, Cambs (1987) – The Restoration of Ely Cathedral

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Fenland on Film –  Credit: BBC

This footage starts with a long line of schoolchildren in 1987.

Ely In The 1990s

Ely, Monday 3rd June 1991

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John C. Earwicker – “Rail activities at Ely Station.”

The Outdoor Dance Festival 92

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Deeman72. Taken from the infamous Eclipse Outdoor Festival at Braham Farm, Ely, Cambs way back in September 1992.

THE WHY FILES – KING’S SCHOOL, ELY (L!ve TV, 1999)

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GuildfordGhost – “Continuing uploads from the 1990s TV series, sitting on VHS tapes awaiting some kind of resurrection.”

Ely In The 21st Century

Hedgepig Ely Folk Festival 2006

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Hedge Pig. Folk Rock band Hedgepig at Ely Festival, 7th July 2006.

Other Boleyn Girl Ely Cathedral August 2007 BBC Local News

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Edorm. BBC local news coverage of filming The Other Boleyn Girl at Ely Cathedral in August 2007.

St Ives to Ely 22 08 08

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Kevin Wade. Narrowboat trip from St. Ives to Ely.

Approaching Ely, Cambridgeshire, southbound

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7 Nov 2008 –  turnoveraction – View from train approaching Ely, southbound, starting at the Potter Group sidings. 6 November 2008

Ely Eel Day procession 02 05 09

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SPROPOSITO. Annual procession in the cathedral city of Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK.  Led by Ely Samba Band and featuring a monster Eel, dancers, civic dignitaries and town criers.

Random filming of Ely

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22 Nov 2010 – Matt Smith

“Yes Random filming of Ely in Cambridgeshire, Mostly of the Cathedral but some of walking through the park and the river great ouse. Using the Kodak Playsport. Its terrible footage in honesty but y’know, its some footage of Ely for anyone interested.”

CU-TV Art in Cambridge: Ely Cathedral

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31 Mar 2011 CU-TV.

“CU-TV presents Art in Cambridge. In this instalment we venture just outside of town to visit Ely Cathedral. The curator of the stained glass museum, Sarah Robertson, joins us to talk about works from the collection.”

Ely Eel Day Parade 2011

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K Bedingfield. Ely Eel Day is an annual celebration observed by people from Ely, Cambridgeshire to celebrate the city’s namesake — the eel. The celebrations start with a parade which starts at Ely Cathedral and goes to the Jubilee Gardens, passing by the Market Square.

Recent Ely

Ely Eel Day Procession 2012

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AndyKWilkinson. Just a couple of clips of the main procession through the High Street and down Forehill in Ely earlier today, 5th May 2012 – just for the historical record.

The Octagon, Lantern and Lady Chapel Of Ely Cathedral (Antiques Road Trip BBC)

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27 Oct 2012 Jeff White.

“Michael White introduces Mark Stacey to some of the features of Ely Cathedral, including the Octagon and Lantern. Taken from BBC “Antiques Road Trip” (Series 5 Episode 18), first transmitted Wednesday 24 October 2012.”

Ely Cathedral Flower Festival

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23 Jun 2013 – Jonathan Wainwright.

“I’ve lived in Ely for nearly 10 years and this event is in my top five favourites. The festival was a blaze of creativity and colour and the unique design reflected the magnificence of the wonderful building that is Ely Cathedral.”

BBC School Report – Filming Macbeth at Ely Cathedral | With Sam and Jack

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29 Mar 2014 – Flamebuster97 – “Me (Adam) and my friends (Sam and Jack) made a video for our BBC school project about the filming of Macbeth at Ely Cathedral. It stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.”

Ely Folk Festival 2014

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14 Jul 2014 Michaela Farr.

“We got tickets to Ely Folk Festival for Saturday 12th July 2014. I, obviously, took my camera to make a small video of the event. The song is by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, and was performed live at the event.”

Tornado forming south of Ely Cambridgeshire 10-Aug-14

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Andrew Weeden.

Northgate Rapper at Ely Folk Festival 2016 (Mind the light!)

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25 Jul 2016 ioang.

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