Cathedral

The first cathedral at Salisbury was up in the Celtic hillfort - by then a Norman castle - of Old Sarum, where its outlines can still be seen.. Some account of this cathedral and its very worldly bishop occurs in the 'Castle' chapter of SARUM. But around the year 1200, it was decided to move the cathedral down into the rich meadows below, and to lay out a market town beside it. This new foundation, and the details of how the new cathedral with its soaring spire was built by the medieval architects, and stonemasons, is told in the 'Founding' chapter of SARUM.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
For perhaps 600 years, the patron saint of England - not Britain - has been Saint George. Before St George, there were several candidates for the position, including the last king of the ancient Saxon royal house, St Edward the Confessor, son of the disastrous King Ethelred the Unready. But St Edward was a monkish fellow, always praying, and never popular. Whereas St George, by repute, had slain a dragon on top of a well-known beauty spot in southern England. The fact that he was most likely an obscure third-century Roman, who had never been to the British Isles in his life, and is unlikely to have met a dragon, could be forgotten. He was heroic, he had a fine silver shield with a bold red cross on it, like a crusader. And the Londoners liked him and made him their own. When this author was a Wolf Cub and a Boy Scout in his childhood, he always had to march in the big St George’s Day parade, on the twenty-third day of this month !




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