Ely connections

Prior of Ely

This lovely roundel in GSM’s south aisle commemorates the generosity of Roger Westminster, Prior of Ely.

If you have a free afternoon, Ely cathedral is always worth a visit, and you can see the stunning romanesque Prior’s Door there. Dating from c.1135, this portal connected the cathedral to the medieval cloister.

Ely Cathedral Prior's Door, photo by Holly Hayes, www.gohistoric.com

Ely Cathedral Prior’s Door, photo by Holly Hayes, www.gohistoric.com

In the tympanum above the door’s lintel, Christ is enthroned in an almond-shaped mandorla, flanked by angels, with his right hand raised in blessing. In his left hand, he holds the Book with the Seven Seals, the record of good and evil deeds.

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