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Ely Porta

A Grade I Listed Building in Ely, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.3966 / 52°23'47"N

Longitude: 0.2621 / 0°15'43"E

OS Eastings: 554008

OS Northings: 280029

OS Grid: TL540800

Mapcode National: GBR M6H.M30

Mapcode Global: VHHJD.H1F2

Plus Code: 9F4297W6+JR

Entry Name: Ely Porta

Listing Date: 23 September 1950

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1167340

English Heritage Legacy ID: 48703

Location: Ely, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB7

County: Cambridgeshire

District: East Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Ely

Built-Up Area: Ely

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Ely

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Ely Porta
TL 5479 2/5 25.9.50.
Ely Porta was begun in 1397 and was completed by Prior Poucher (140l-18).
It comprises a large, rectangular, 5 storey block of rag-stone with Weldon
(or similar) stone dressings. 4 square, castellated, corner turrets are
carried above the parapet level. On the north and south ends there is
the original castellated parapet and on the east and west fronts there
is a later plain brick parapet. A large central carriage way rises through
2 storeys with a wide single 4-centred arch on the east front and 2 4-centred
arches on the west front one for carriages and the other, smaller, for
pedestrians. The vaulting on the inside is incomplete. The windows on
the east and west fronts are similar in design. On each front, above the
carriageway, on the 2nd storey there is a pointed arched, 3-light, window
with curvilinear tracery lighting what was the Bishop's court room. The
flanking ranges of windows are 2-light with cusped arched heads and square
hood moulds, except on the ground storey on the north end of the west front
which has a small single light window lighting what was the Bishop's prison
and, according to prison reports, was in use as such up to the end of the
Cl7 when the prison was moved to Lynn Road, The 2nd storey on the west
front has 4 canopied niches. String courses run between the storeys and
beneath the parapet. Roof tiled, hipped, a later replacement of the original
flat leaded roof.

The Great Hall (Bishop's residence), the Queen's Hall (Headmaster's House),
Wall to the garden of the Bishop's residence, Guest Quarters of the Monastery,
Walls to the Guest Quarters of the Monastery and Ely Porta, Prior's House
(Boarding House of the King's School) Prior Crauden's Chapel, Walls to the
garden of the Prior's house, Ely Porta, Barn and Storehouse of the Monastery
and Wall to the Barn and Storehouse form a group with Bishop's Palace, Walls
to the Bishop's Palace, and Nos 2 to 8 (consec) and No 9 (stables to Bishop's
Palace), The Gallery.
See also general group description under the Cathedral of The Holy Trinity.

Listing NGR: TL5400880029

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