Until the 17th century, the English city of Ely was located on an island, surrounded by the shallow, eel-infested waters that gave rise to its name. These days, following the drainage of the surrounding fens, the city sits on a small hill above the low-lying, fertile plain that stretches all the way to the coast. Numerous local recipes exist for eel pie – none more famous than that used by the mother of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland, which is inscribed on a bench near the tourist information centre. There are still plenty of eels in the many slow-moving waterways that meander through the region.
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