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  • Day1

    Salisbury, part 1; Town Centre

    October 17 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 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 3; The Cathedral

    October 17 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 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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  • Day1

    Salisbury, part 2; Water Meadows

    October 17 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 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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  • Day2

    Old Sarum

    October 18 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 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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  • Day26


    August 26, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 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 the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 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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  • Day20

    Salisbury day 20 Sat 12 May 2018

    May 12, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Light not working in Kasbah’s hall in Ryde so used phone torch on the stairs. Arrived at Wightlink Fishbourne and told to come back after 10am for our 11am booked ferry spot. We drove onto the ferry and up a ramp to an upper deck. On returning to the car at the end of the crossing to Portsmouth the car alarm was sounding. Fortunately unlocking the doors turned off the noise. While waiting in the car to drive off the ferry the floor the car was sitting on descended and became a steep ramp to drive to the lower deck. We then drove to Salisbury and used the park and ride from Peterfinger to get into the city. Wandered around the old town and had lunch at Bills pub. Walked to Salisbury Cathedral and saw one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Set the GPS to Studland Beach to see Harry's Rocks (chalk sea stacks at the end of the Jurassic Coast in Dorset), but unfortunately the GPS took us to a chain operated car ferry near Poole on the wrong side of the bay. So we continued on towards Neitherleigh Bed and Breakfast. There was a group of deer grazing beside the highway (no stags) unconcerned by card roaring past at to up to 70 miles per hour only a few yards away. Stopped briefly at Chideock to photograph some of the many thatched houses there. Unfortunately the idyllic Netherleigh Snug Room does not quite match the internet but we will be comfortable. Dinner at the Hunters Lodge pub a short walk from our accommodation in Cooks Lane Axminster.Read more

  • Day6


    April 14, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Tag 5: Wir brechen am Morgen auf und fahren weiter Richtung Osten. Die wunderschöne mittelalterliche Stadt Salisbury wartet auf uns.
    We are coming!!!!!!.... and we are really looking forward to it. 👍👍👍🙋‍🇬🇧

    Salisbury ist die Hauptstadt der Grafschaft Wiltshire mit 45.000 Einwohnern . Im 13. und 14. Jahrhundert herrschte hier ein reger Handel mit Tuch und Wolle. Heute lebt die Stadt hauptsächlich vom Tourismus. Es ist wirklich ein Ort wie aus einem englischen Bilderbuch: friedlich am Ufer des River Avon inmitten von grüner Landschaft. Die kleinen Cottages mit ihrem Fachwerk und die Häuser aus Backstein und Kieseln verströmen eine tolle Atmosphäre......die Stadt ist wirklich einen Ausflug wert. Und was für ein Glück: wir haben wieder strahlend blauen Himmel!!!!

    War schon die Kathedrale in Exeter beeindruckend, so ist diese hier ein wirkliches Wunderwerk englischer Gotik. Sie gilt als eine der schönsten Kathedralen Europas. Alles überragend zeigt der viereckige Kirchturm in den Himmel, mit 123 Metern der höchste in ganz England.
    In der Bibliothek liegt übrigens eines der letzten vier Exemplare der Magna Carta, die als wichtigste Quelle des englischen Verfassungsrechts gilt.

    Oh Gott! Wir alle hatten die Oma nicht mehr aus den Augen gelassen, nachdem sie gestern auf eigenen Pfaden gewandelt und verschwunden ist. Die letzten Meter zum Bus ist sie alleine gelaufen .... und prompt gefallen. Kopf und Hand bluten. Einer der Reisenden hat sie verbunden und nun bringen wir sie nach London zum Krankenhaus. 😬😬Nein, Viktorchen, mit 82 machen wir so nen Mist nicht mehr 😏😏😏

    Vor dem Unfall von der Oma, die Thusnelda heißt ( kein Quatsch) waren wir noch in Stonehenge, dem wohl berühmtesten Steinkreis der Welt. Das will ich euch natürlich nicht vorenthalten. Stonehenge ist eine frühzeitliche Kultstätte, die zu den bedeutendsten und meist besuchten prähistorischen Orten Englands zählt. Dabei handelt es sich um einen ca 15 ha umfassenden Kreis aus gigantischen Steinen.
    Unvorstellbar, wie die Menschen vor ca 5000 Jahren die teils 25 Tonnen schweren Sandsteinfindlinge 30 km weit und die Bluestones, die locker 4 Tonnen wiegen, aus den 450 km entfernten walisischen Bergen antransportieren konnten.
    So, das war's für heute. Ich melde mich morgen aus London 🙋‍♀🇬🇧
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  • Day9


    July 30, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 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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Salisbury, Salisbury and Wilton

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