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?
This month four hundred years ago, the famed Mayflower began its journey across the Atlantic. After abandoning its sister ship, the Speedwell, which was not seaworthy, the Mayflower finally set sail in September. The people on the Mayflower all belonged to an obscure sect called the Brownists. The founder, Brown himself, had already abandoned the sect and returned to the king’s Church of England. The Pilgrim fathers were woefully badly prepared for their journey, lacking proper farm implements and livestock. The miracle is that they survived at all!




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