Ely Isle of

E·ly

 (ē′lē), Isle of
A region of east-central England with extensive drained fens. The name Isle comes from the high ground amid the fens; Ely probably refers to the eels formerly found in the fens. The city of Ely is noted for its cathedral, dating from the 11th century and one of the largest in England.
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