Ely, Cambridgeshire

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City of Ely
Ely Cathedral 3.jpg
West façade of Ely Cathedral from Palace Green, the former village green
Area 23 sq mi (60 km2[1]
Population 15,102 (2001 Census)
• Density 657/sq mi (254/km2)
OS grid reference TL5379
Civil parish
  • Ely
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ELY
Postcode district CB6, CB7
Dialling code 01353
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
Website East Cambridgeshire District Council
List of places

Ely (About this sound pronunciation ; IPA /'iːli/, rhyming with "freely") is a cathedral city in the East Cambridgeshire district of Cambridgeshire in the east of England and 23 km (14.3 mi) north north-east of Cambridge.

Ely has been called a city for a long time because it has a cathedral. However, the Royal Charter making it a city was only issued in 1974. Ely's population was 15,102 in 2001. This means Ely is the third smallest city in England. Only after Wells in Somerset and the City of London) are smaller.

The University of Cambridge rowing team has a boathouse on the bank of the river and train there for the annual Boat Race against the University of Oxford.

The 1944 Boat Race was raced on the River Great Ouse near Ely, the only time it has not been held on the River Thames. The race was won by Oxford despite Cambridge being ahead early in the contest.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Historic Census Population Figures" (XLS). Cambridgeshire County Council. 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)