The History Of Salisbury – Take A Walk Back In Time

The Salisbury Cathedral

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Salisbury was initially organized in the historic 11th century, as Viking raids on Wilton drove individuals to where the town is now. Officially Salisbury was established in 1217 – a couple of years later on the town held an yearly fair and had it’s own marketplace. It was granted a charter (an official settlement status where the individuals were given certain rights) a few years later (in 1227).

Because of Salisbury’s strategic position (it was en route to both London, Exeter & Southampton) the town rapidly flourished – the wool textile trade being it’s major source of esteem and income in the middle ages. In 1220, construction commenced on Salisbury Cathedral although it was not completed for a further 38 years.

Another renowned Salisbury landmark, Mompesson House, was established in 1701, and Salisbury museum was established in 1860. The first cinema was established in the early 19th century. Now, as you might anticipate, tourism is the main “business” for Salisbury with it’s interesting landmarks and beautiful old English village feel.

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