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Ely Priors' Lodgings, Ely, Cambridgeshire

(52°23′43″N, 0°15′48″E)
TL 541 799
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cambridgeshire
now Cambridgeshire
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

The 12thc. core of the building is rectangular and has a N–S axis. Of this the undercroft retains the only 12thc. work, while the hall above it (New Hall) belongs to the early 14thc. To this core were added two wings projecting to the E. The 14thc. NE wing was built to house the Treasury Chamber, probably after 1344, while the SE wing belongs to the 15thc.


No construction date is known, but the style of the capitals confirms a dendrochronological date from roof timbers of c.1165–85 (Dixon (2003), 147).


Interior Features

Vaulting/Roof Supports


The capitals are not elaborately carved but show an interesting range of designs, related to the more spectacular work in the Infirmary and to the nave capitals of St Mary's Ely.

The building is now a boarding house of the King's School.

P. Dixon, "The Monastic Buildings at Ely". P. Meadows and N. Ramsay (ed), A History of Ely Cathedral, Woodbridge 2003, 143–55.
A. Horton-Krayenbuhl, "The Prior's Lodgings at Ely", Archaeological Journal 156 (1999), 294–341.
R. H. Kennett, "The Prior's House, Ely", Transactions of the Cambs and Hunts Archaeological Society, 4 (1930), 233–51.
S. I. Ladds, The Monastery of Ely. Ely 1930, 27.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Cambridgeshire, Harmondsworth 1954 (2nd ed. 1970), 373.