Alan de Walsingham,
ecclesiastic and architect.
Alan de Walsingham, Vir venerabilis et artificiosus frater, was subprior of Ely in 1321 and prior in 1341. As subprior he is supposed to have designed S. Mary's chapel in Ely cathedral. After the fall of the central tower he built the present beautiful octagonal tower and lantern. Alan was a skillful fabricator in gold and silver.