© Mr Alan Francis Polaine
GREAT HALL AND SUBSIDIARY BUILDINGS INCLUDING HEADMASTER'S HOUSE, THE COLLEGE
ELY, EAST CAMBRIDGESHIRE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Mr Alan Francis Polaine
07 April 2005
23 September 1950
Date of last amendment:
19 June 1972
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The Great Hall
(formerly listed as part of
Guest Hall and subsidiary
buildings including Fleadmaster's
TL 5479 2/91 House)
The Great Hall (Bishop's residence), is part of a block of buildings including
the Queenls Hall (Headmaster's House), which adjoins on the south west.
(qv). The Great Hall, or Guest Hall was built in the mid Cl3 and was remodelled
in the early C14. During the Commonwealth it was subdivided into 3 storeys.
It is built above a fine vaulted undercroft with ribbed vaults rising from
plain columns without capitals. The hall is of 5 bays and was spanned
by an open roof with arched principals and wind braces. (Some still remain).
The fine stone corbels to the principals, carved in the shape of
crouching figures, survive. It is built of Carr stone rubble with Barnack
or similar, stone dressings and has a parapet and stringcourse and stopped
end gables. The west gable has a sexfoil window, possibly of Cl 3 origin, reset.
The massive central chimney stack of the hall projects on the north side,
with 3 offsets and one of the original pointed arched windows survives
to the east of the chimney stack. On the east end the south wall of the
Monks Kitchen has survived, with a tall semi-circular arch (blocked) and
triple shafted piers with scolloped capitals. North of this stands the
porch and staircase which led to the Great Hall. the interior, although
altered, has C13 and C14 features.
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 (stable to Bishop's
Palace), The Gallery.
See also general group description under the Catherdral of The Holy Trinity.