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Riverside (Ely)

The Riverside is a particularly attractive area of the outstanding little cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire.

The river concerned is the River Great Ouse, which flows peacefully past Ely on its way to the Wash near Kings Lynn.

The Riverside was formerly known as Broad Hithe, being where goods were unloaded in the days before major roads and railways. Several of the warehouses have been converted to other uses, including The Maltings, now used as licensed premises and a performance centre.

The Riverside Walk is now known as the Quai d'Orsay, after the French town near Paris with which Ely has been twinned since 1981.

The public house known as The Cutter owes its name to the men who constructed a new "cut" to bring the river closer to the city.

Pleasure craft abound, and across the river in the area known for centuries as Babylon, there are spaces for two hundred boats. There are also boathouses belonging to the King's School and to Cambridge University.

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