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    • Day3


      April 21 in England ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Eine wirklich wunderhübsche kleine mittelalterliche Stadt. Die berühmte Kathedrale war Hauptdarstellerin im Film "Die Säulen der Erde" von Ken Follet. Sie ist in nur 38 Jahren erbaut worden, und zwar rein auf Holz! Unter ihr fließt der Fluss Aven und hält das Holz feucht. Wäre dem nicht so und würde das Holz austrocknen, fiele die Kathedrale in sich zusammen wie ein Kartenhaus. Hier ist auch das wichtigste Dokument Englands erhalten, die Magna Carta. Es gibt 3 oder 4 davon, doch hier in Salisbury ist die best erhaltentste.

      Am Marktplatz gibt es jedes Jahr eine große Zusammenkunft der verschiedenen Militär Einheiten, um für sich zu werben. Es sind immer Prinz Charles und Prinz William anwesend, und es ist wohl ein großes Spektakel.

      Das Poultry Cross Marktkreuz ist eins von ursprünglich 4.
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    • Day2

      Old Sarum

      October 18, 2020 in England ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      Old Sarum was originally an Iron Age Hillfort, built around 400 BC at the intersection of two trade paths, before becoming a Roman and then a Saxon settlement. William the Conqueror used the site to build a Motte and Bailey castle and a cathedral, and King Henry I added a royal palace. The city declined due to a lack of water and being windswept and subsequent arguments between soldiers and clergy, and a new cathedral was built on the Salisbury Plain - the city of New Sarum, or Salisbury as it became, was established.

      It was interesting to walk over the outer bailey, cross the ditch where the drawbridge would have been and go up to the inner bailey where the palace and castle are situated; the remains of the original cathedral are behind, on the outer bailey.
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    • Day1

      Salisbury, part 3; The Cathedral

      October 17, 2020 in England ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Salisbury Cathedral is incredible; it has the tallest spire in the UK (404 feet), as well as the largest cloister and cathedral close. The original site was at Old Sarum, but bad relations between clergy and military led to relocation further south on the Salisbury Plain; building started in 1220. The Cathedral clock (1386) is the oldest in the world and the large font (2008) has reflections.

      The Cathedral is also famous for having the best preserved of the four remaining Magna Carta documents; a replica of this is housed between the magnificent nave and choir - the original, which we saw in the Chapter House, cannot be photographed. The Magna Carta was a Royal Charter of Rights agreed by King John and signed at Runnymede, near Windsor, in 1215 to make peace with rebel barons; it is still cited today as a statement of personal liberty.

      After the truly amazing experience of seeing an original,Magna Carta document, we exit tbe Cathedral via the cloister.
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    • Day5

      Salisbury - katedrala

      July 19 in England ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Salisburyjsko katedralo so gradili 38 let v 13. stoletju. Vsa je iz kamna, brez kakšnih super ekstra okraskov. Stolp so dodali kasneje in ga nekajkrat ojačali, ker je konstrukcijsko zelo zahteven.
      Zanimivost 1: 1,2 m pod katedralo teče reka, saj se v mesto steka več kanalov.
      Zanimivost 2: katedralo so "preselili" iz 2 km oddaljenega griča Old Sarum, kjer je bila že v železni dobi naselbina. Novo lokacijo naj bi določil strel s puščico, ki pa je zadela srno, ki je tekla še nekaj časa, preden je omagala... Zato je nova lokacija dlje, kot so sprva načrtovali 😊

      Lepa katedrala s čudovitim notranjim dvroriščem...
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    • Day1

      Salisbury, part 1; Town Centre

      October 17, 2020 in England ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      We walk in via the Queen Elizabeth Gardens and turn into Fisherton Street, noting Salisbury Clock Tower, and reach the Poultry Cross; behind are some beautiful old buildings, including The Haunch of Venison pub.....

      We arrive at the large Market Place and see the Salisbury Guildhall. Close by is the lovely St Thomas Church which contains the oldest Doom painting in the UK; these show the Last Judgement and depict, amongst other things, people being sent to Hell.
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      Salisbury, part 2; Water Meadows

      October 17, 2020 in England ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      We leave the town centre via the High Street Gate and enter the beautiful Cathedral Close area; Mompresson House is closed due to the pandemic and the Cathedral itself well deserves a separate post, but it is a great place to see. Ted Heath used to live in the Close at Arundells; this was also closed and both the Rifles Museum and the Salisbury Museum did not appeal after the Cathedral visit (will see next time).

      We cross over the Cathedral green, look at Bishop's Walk and proceed to Churchill Gardens on the River Avon. Then up the Harnham Road to cross the green there back to the Avon to the 16th century Old Mill, now a hotel. This marks the start of the path across the Water Meadows, with its iconic views of the Cathedral. We are reminded of the equally iconic view of King's Chapel Cambridge with cows grazing in front of it.

      It has been a busy day and we relax with excellent beer at The Haunch of Venison later. This pub has "a nationally important historic interior as the main bar, the Commons, is timber panelled and has a rare zinc topped bar" (a quote from Camra - I'm a member of the Campaign for Real Ale).
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    • Day26


      August 26, 2018 in England ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      Wet weather day.
      Plan was to go to Salisbury, see the Cathedral and a few other bits and ancient pieces then head a little south for either another “Big House” or an early afternoon. See any pattern emerging here.
      Wet and colder today at top of 18.
      So what’s the plan?
      Go to Salisbury, see the Cathedral and a few other bits and ancient pieces then head a little south for either another “Big House” or an early afternoon.

      We found out that the Great Dorset Steam Festival is on south of Salisbury.
      This is enormous with over 200,000 steam tragics camping, oh ING and ahing over the Bank Holiday weekend.
      We were warned of horrendous traffic, general mayhem and gridlock. Got to Salisbury in good order and time, all the traffic must be bogged down in the fields .

      We stumbled on a National Trust property we hadnt realised was in Salisbury, Mompesson House. Its close by the Cathedral, in the Cathedral Close in fact and is a very livable Queen Anne era Townhouse. Are we getting value from the National Trust membership or not?

      Was owned by a London architect who used it as a weekender before he left it to the Trust.
      A weekender!
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    • Day26

      Salisbury Cathedral

      August 26, 2018 in England ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      Biggest cloister east, west or anywhere else near the Pennines. Huge,the largest in England and in excellent nick.
      Raining and raining so we just had to go into the Cathedral. Quite different from a lot of others as it was built in only 38years so has a consistent style. High gothic.
      Has the oldest mechanic clock in the world built in 1338 and still running. No face, just clanged the hours. Has been moved severally times and ended in the Cathedral. Amazing.

      Cathedral also has one of only four existing copies of the original 40 copies of the Magna Carter.

      It’s shown in the Cathedral Chapter House which is very cool with Bible stories carved around the wall.

      Great way to get out of the rain........
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    • Day9


      July 30, 2016 in England ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Die Kathedrale von Salisbury ist nicht nur wunderschön, sie beherbergt auch die Magna Carta. In diesem gefeierten Kronjuwel der Rechtsstaatlichkeit wurde unter anderem festgehalten, dass vor dem Gesetz alle gleich behandelt werden müssen und dass man Juden geborgtes Geld nicht in jedem Fall zurück geben muss (kein Scherz!). Unser Guide verliebt sich außerdem sofort in Kuno und trägt ihn durch die Hallen der Kathedrale.Read more

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