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In much the same spirit as my page on Bristol – https://chriswormald.wordpress.com/bristol-a-great-city-for-pictures/ – I am putting up this page on the city of Salisbury in Wilshire, UK.
I have photographed Salisbury a number of times over the years and have enjoyed the process each time. A compact city with some enjoyable medieval and Regency buildings and a stunning cathedral set in spacious surroundings, Salisbury repays the photographer who takes the time to walk unhurriedly on a sunny day whilst the daylight changes. Completing the photography-day with some night shots of the cathedral accentuated by some very nice new lighting and lastly, a pint of good ale in the Market Square.
The Early English Gothic cathedral has stunning interior views and a 404ft spire, the tallest in England, indeed it is the tallest Medieval structure in the world. It has been calculated that the complex support framing inside the tower consumed over 2,600 tons of English oak. Outside the magnificent edifice is the largest Cathedral Close in the UK with some ancient medieval gates into the 21st century shopping centre. The close includes architectural gems such as Mompesson House, now owned by the National trust and open to the public. The late Sir Edward Heath, once Prime Minister of the UK made Arundells, Cathedral Close, his home; it is also open to the public on some days of the week. The two museums also in the Close are somewhat spoiled by cars parked in their front gardens, ruining the view, as is Sarum College, housed in another lovely building.
The Cathedral School is unfortunately, private.
There are some very charming domestic scale properties in the close as well as a few very formal mansions, so keep looking over the gates!
The “City Path” (pedestrian and cycles), leads through the park to lovely Harnam Mill and the water meadows which offer John Constable views back to the Cathedral.
There are some good hotels in Salisbury Centre for those who have an adequate budget and a camp site north of the city along a mainly off road cycle track for those (like myself) who do not.
Enjoy a few days in Salisbury!