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The Black Hostelry and Cellarers Chamber

A Grade I Listed Building in Ely, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.3979 / 52°23'52"N

Longitude: 0.2643 / 0°15'51"E

OS Eastings: 554156

OS Northings: 280181

OS Grid: TL541801

Mapcode National: GBR M6H.MN2

Mapcode Global: VHHJ6.JZLM

Plus Code: 9F4297X7+5P

Entry Name: The Black Hostelry and Cellarers Chamber

Listing Date: 23 September 1950

Last Amended: 19 June 1972

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1167456

English Heritage Legacy ID: 48711

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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TL 5779

The Black Hostelry and Cellarers Chamber

(formerly listed as part of residences incorporating remains of Infirmary including Chapel).

The Black Hostelry extends to the south at the east end of Infirmary Lane, with the Cellarers Chamber adjoining on the east side (now the Chapter office). The Black Hostelry was built circa 1291-92 to accommodate visiting monks from other Benedictine monasteries.

The vaulted undercroft is of the early C13 with ribbed vaults rising from central columns with moulded caps and bases. The lower storey is of Carr stone rubble with Barnack (or similar) stone dressings and the upper storey is timber-framed and plastered on the south and east sides and stone on the west side which is unfenestrated. A massive C15 red brick chimney stack with some stone rubble at the base projects on the south side, with four offsets and three octagonal shafts with moulded caps and bases. The north end has remains of the C12 Infirmary arcade. The windows generally are two and three lights with arched heads and squared hood moulds.

The interior has medieval features including a turn or opening between servery and halls to enable food to be passed without the server being seen, a C15 doorway and a C13-C14 King Post roof with moulded caps and bases. Roof tiled, with three C19 gabled dormers on the east side.

The Cellarers Chamber, now the Chapter Office, adjoins the Black Hostelry on the east side. It was built into the south aisle of the Infirmary in the C15. Two storeys and attics two window range. The ground storey windows have two lights with plate tracery and the first storey windows are mullioned and transomed with treoil arched heads to the lights. A central buttress separates the windows. Roof tiled, with two C19 gabled dormers.

The Dark Cloister, Powcher's Hall, the Painted Chamber (Walsingham House), the Chapel of the Infirmary (Deanery), the Black Hostelry and Cellarers Chamber, and Cellarers House (Boarding House of King's School) form a group. See also general group description under the Cathedral of The Holy Trinity.

Listing NGR: TL5415680181

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