Salisbury’s Cathedral – One Of Southern England’s Prime Landmarks

Salisbury Cathedral Close 2008 Mar 30 070

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Salisbury Cathedrals

The Cathedrals of Salisbury are antique in structure being built decades ago. The history of the St Osmund Cathedral make them very interesting for persons interested in the passage of time.

Salisbury’s jewel in the crown is the spectacular Cathedral, established between 1220 and 1258. The Cathedral has continued for the most part unmolested throughout the centuries, with the exception of the addition of the soaring spire which at 404 feet is the tallest in England. The spire was added to the Cathedral in 1315, though work only initially began in 1285.

In actual fact, Salisbury Cathedral was first established at a different location on a hill named Old Sarum (which is a few miles north of where Salisbury is now). Unfortunately, soon after the first Cathedral was built in 1092, it was ravaged and destroyed by severe lightening.

Salisbury Cathedral has various fascinating artifacts, tombs and monuments to enjoy. There is a advised contribution to go in, but it’s well worth the gift and your finances will help contribute towards the maintenance of the Cathedral.

One of the highlights of the Cathedral is the worlds oldest operational clock, which dates back as far as 1386. Don’t expect anything that appears like a clock as you know it.

There are some tombs of interest within the Cathedral the Tomb of St Osmund, (the second Bishop of Old Sarum) and Tomb of William dr Longespee (a general who expired in the Crusades). Based in the south choir aisle is the Tomb of the Earl of Hertford. Close is Mompesson Tomb exemplifying Sir Richard Mompesson and his wife, Lady Katherine,.

The oldest part of the place is the Trinity Chapel (which used to be recognised as Lady Chapel). For a little inspiration, travel to the Carta House which houses one of the four remaining Magna Carta penmen  maybe the most prestigious and important legal document in Englands history. The Magna Carta was supplied by King John in 1215 and put out a clear set of rules and rights for citizens and persons. Effectively, UK law was officially born.

Also worth a visit is the Cathedral Close which comprises many historic constructions and was built up over time alongside the Cathedral to be a component of it. The Cathedral Close was fenced in during 1333. Part of Cathedral Close is The Kings House which was built by the Abbots of Sherbourne. Likewise part of the Cathedral Close is Mompesson House, constructed in the 1701 by Sir Thomas Mompesson. Other landmarks of note within the Cathedral Close are Bishops Place, Malmesbury House and St Ann’s Gate.

Nearby to Salisbury Cathedral is the scenic St Thomas Church, dating back to the twelfth century. One of the most beautiful features of this parish church is the Doom Painting over the chancel arch which must not be missed. While the church building itself was constructed around 1220, the painting itself was completed in 1475.


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