Ely - Cambridge - London


   Ely-London : Ely, Cambridge, London (Peter Robins)


  Ely's Benedictine monastery, the large church of which is now the cathedral, housed the important shrine of Etheldreda (now marked by a slate). For this reason, it gets a page to itself. The route to London follows the river valleys: Ouse, Cam, Stort and Lea.


  Leave the city S via the Fen Rivers Way. Keep to the W bank if you want to visit Stretham's church of St James, or the remains of Denny abbey, dedicated to St James and St Leonard, first Benedictine, then Templar, then Poor Clare, now incorporated in a farmland museum. On the E bank, OS maps mark Biggin Abbey, never a proper abbey but a summer residence of the bishops of Ely. And as you enter Cambridge on the S bank of the river, Abbey and Priory Roads mark the site of the Augustinian priory of Barnwell, of which only Chequers Hall and St Andrew's church remain. Cambridge has various monastic foundations incorporated into college buildings, notably the Benedictine nunnery of St Radegund which became Jesus College.


  From Cambridge, head S along the Cam to the chapel at Duxford, which remains from a Templar Hospital. Just S of here is where you cross Icknield Way and the Icknield Way Path at Chesterford, a Roman ford and crossroads. Further S was the Benedictine abbey at (Saffron) Walden, though little remains of this site, as it became Audley End. From Bishop's Stortford, the Stort Navigation provides an easy-to-follow route to the Lea Valley. Thorley, just S of Bishop's Stortford, has a church of St James the Great with a C19 window of St James. See Ermine St page for continuation into London.


  April 2005



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                                                           delhommeb at wanadoo.fr -  26/12/2016