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?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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