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Local History

Information about the local history of the district.

Haunted Ely

There are many tales of ghosts in Ely, and many books that tell you their stories. Haunted Ely by Margaret Haynes and Vivienne Doughty is our favourite book that tells the stories of St. Etheldreda and the other ghosts that can be found here.


East Cambridgeshire's unspoilt unique countryside is waiting for you to be explored. The peat-black Fens reclaimed from their natural marsh state are criss-crossed by rivers and drainage channels and blessed by glorious sunsets, wide views and open skyscapes.

The towns and villages are delightfully rural, many with riverside locations and their own independent shops. Discover the unique character of the smaller towns and villages such as Littleport and Soham by following their trails. Visit hubs of artistic activities such as Haddenham Gallery or Wilburton’s Twenty Pence Pottery. Make your green fingers itch by visiting the gardens at Chippenham Park , Anglesey Abbey or enjoy the many private Fenland gardens participating in the National Open Garden Scheme.

Oliver Cromwell was born in 1599 and died in 1658. He was a religious man, a successful politician, and fiercely close to his family.

Born in Huntingdon on 25th April 1599, Cromwell went to the local grammar school and then onto Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge. He married Elizabeth Bourchier in 1620, and they moved to Ely in 1636 when her uncle, Sir Thomas Steward, died. Along with his inheritance came the post 'Farmer of the Tithes'.

Cromwell and Ely

Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, lived in Ely for 10 years. Today the House, the only surviving former Cromwell residence other than Hampton Court, has been recreated to show how his family would have lived in the mid 17th Century.

But who was he and why is he so important to British history?

"He was King in all but name"

"He banned Christmas"


Oliver Cromwell's House
29 St Mary's Street
Ely, Cambs CB7 4HF
United Kingdom
01353 662062