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The cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire is a city in a rural region of the country whose economy is largely agricultural based. Prior to the Fens being dredged the harvesting of osier (willow) and sedge (rush) along with the extraction of peat were the main activities. Ely was also famed for eel fishing, for both income and food, and it may be from this activity that the city gets its name. Although the settlement existed during Roman times there is little evidence of this now.
Annual events held in Ely include Aquafest, which has been staged at the riverside by the Rotary Club on the first Sunday of July since 1978. Other events include the Eel Day carnival procession and the annual fireworks display in Ely Park, first staged in 1974. The Ely Folk Festival has been held in the city since 1985 and the Ely Horticultural Society have been staging their Great Autumn Show since 1927.
Ely Cathedral dates back to the 11th century when construction began under the supervision of the first Norman Bishop, Simeon. The cathedral's construction continued until the 16th century and was restored in the 19th century by George Gilbert Scott.
The city of Canterbury in Kent, England, contains many ancient buildings despite it being heavily damaged during the Second World War. The heart of the city is its cathedral which is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the world wide Anglican Church. The cathedral is also the burial place of King Henry IV and Edward the Black Prince, but most famous as the scene of the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170.
The ruins of the Norman Canterbury Castle and St Augustine's Abbey are both open to the public. The medieval St Margaret's Church now houses the "The Canterbury Tales", in which life-sized character models reconstruct Geoffrey Chaucer's stories. The Westgate is now a museum relating to its history as a jail and the medieval church of St Alphege became redundant in 1982 but had a new lease of life as the Canterbury Urban Studies Centre, later renamed the Canterbury Environment Centre; the building is used by the King's School. The Old Synagogue at Canterbury, now the King's School Music Room, is one of only two Egyptian Revival synagogues still standing.
Travelling too and from the city is easy because it is connected to the national rail network by its two railway stations: Canterbury West and Canterbury East.