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From: Chris Burgoyne <>
Subject: Re: Where?
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 11:15:18 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)
On Fri, 29 Oct 1999, Toni Evans wrote:
> Hi Everybody I need a bit of help, just received a certificate saying
> born 'Isle of Ely' it is not in my 1996 Bartholomew's Road Atlas of
> Britain and not in my Gazateer, only a "Ely" shown in Cambridge.
That's the one! The north east of Cambridgeshire is the area known as the
Fens, low-lying marsh land until drained in the 17th century. Ely is on a
small area of higher-ground that used to be, effectively, an island. It
used to have separate status as a county, but lost that many years ago
when it merged with Cambridgeshire.