Kings Arms Hotel, The

7-13 St Johns Street
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What are the Salisbury Plains?

by RhineRoll

As I sometimes do, I was studying a GB road atlas, and my attention was caught by a fairly large white spot called the "Salisbury Plains". What is this place about, why is it so scarcely populated? Nuclear disaster area? Military training range? National park? No-go-zone of the local independence movement? Inquiring minds want to know! ;-)

Re: What are the Salisbury Plains?


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Re: What are the Salisbury Plains?

by Sitan666

A military training area.

Re: Re: What are the Salisbury Plains?

by allikat

Not just a military training area. The Salisbury Plains is home to Stonehenge.

Re: Re: What are the Salisbury Plains?

by RhineRoll

Thanks, folks. Stonehenge is between the A 360 and the A 303 near the villages of Shrewton and Amesbury. But further up north and north-west there is virtually nothing! .... Enford Down.... Littleton Down...TenantryDown.... just one road crossing this area and the rest entirely blank!

Re: Re: What are the Salisbury Plains?

by allikat

If I remember rightly, there are a lot of (unmarked) tank trails all over that area!

Re: Re: What are the Salisbury Plains?

by RhineRoll

Well, I guess mystery now solved...really looks like a large military training area.... As for stone circles I'll probably stick with the Isle of Lewis one...

I'd like to visit Bath though one day -- and Devon and Cornwall!

Re: Re: What are the Salisbury Plains?

by allikat

I remember driving to see Stonehenge. looked through the fence. Was awed. Drove away. Saw 'woodhenge' marked on the map, so went to check that out. An ancient timber circle with low concrete posts to mark the spots where the rotted timber had once been. Was not awed.

Have yet to see the Lewis one, but would love to one day.

Re: Re: What are the Salisbury Plains?

by leics

Salisbury Plain is covered with ancient monuments, barrows, tombs, circles, processional ways etc. Its use for many years as a military training ground has, strangely, helped to limit the damage which might otherwise have been done to what is a hugely important prehistoric landscape. There is at least one village which was depopulated by the army (in the 1940's?), although the church is still standing and I believe a service is held there once a year.

By the way, Woodhenge was originally as stunning as Stonehenge (which itself was preceded by a wood circle made of massive timbers about 40 feet high......there are three white circles in the car park which marks the site of some of the timbers, though most people think they're mini-roundabouts!). It is next to a huge Iron Age camp called Durrington Walls, unfortunately on private land and with no public access.

Re: Re: What are the Salisbury Plains?

by simoncharris

Salisbury plains are a military training area used by the army. I''m heading there early next year with my Territorial Army unit.

Re: What are the Salisbury Plains?

by henneth

If you head west of Stonehenge, through Shrewton and Chitterne, you can see on your right the vast expanse of Salisbury Plain and a shelled-out town, the ruins of which will never feature on any map.

Re: Re: What are the Salisbury Plains?

by Elenitsa

They've just reintroduced the Great Bustard onto the Plan....apparantly the heaviest flying bird in the world...the last local news report said that most were doing OK!

Re: Re: What are the Salisbury Plains?

by joanj

HI, in todays paper there is a write up on the re-introduction to Wiltsthire of the Great Bustard, and Wiltshire was chosen as the first re-introduction to England of an extinct species as the bustard features on the county crest..

In August a conservationist released 22 orphaned chicks from Russia on Salisbury Plain in a bid to remedy the 172 yr. absence.

RE: RE: What are the Salisbury Plains?

by LouiseTopp

I think you mean the Village of Imber :)

Travel Tips for Salisbury


by grandmaR

When we walked to the cathedral, we noticed that there was scaffolding around part of the building. Since before I retired I was a safety and health inspector, I have a habit of taking pictures of scaffolding and construction.

I did not inquire at the time, but apparently there has been an ongoing effort to repair and renovate the cathedral under the aegis of the Cathedral Trust

The work on the spire and tower was completed in 1995, and then the front facade was done - this took five years. They need money for the work of course. Below is a quote from the cathedral website which details the future work. "At present the Trust is focusing on the repair of the roof, the whole north side of the building and the cloisters. We hope to complete the roof in the course of 2004 and this will bring to an end work that has continued in one part or other of this vast area of leadwork since 1985. The repair of the north side of the building and the cloisters is expected to take ten years. Once that is done, the Trustees intend to maintain a vigilant watch over the whole building in order to anticipate the many forms of decay and erosion that beset the stonework, the windows and the roof.

"Now the Cathedral Trust is turning its attention to funding the many other parts of the building that are still in need of careful repair. The roof on the north side of the building is already partly covered with plastic sheeting so that work can take place underneath it. The North Porch, which is the subject of one of the superb paintings by Turner that are to be found in the museum in the Close, will soon reappear fully restored and free from years of lichen growth. The repair of the building is a long, long haul, and the Trustees anticipate that it will be ten years before they have dealt with the many areas still in need of attention. Once that is done, further work will continue to be necessary, long into the future. "

Relax in the garden of Salisbury

by Lifestyles

Elizabeth gardens was once an allotments until the corronation of the present Queen in 1953, and this area was made up in her honour. It's a lovley area with the River Avon cutting through, and a magnificent view of the Cathdral.

This is where Constable did his famouse picture The Heywein, also this is an ideal place to relax and feed the ducks, geese and many other bird wildlife. If you are lucky you might even spot kingfishers and foxes.

There is also a playpark here and sculpted gardens.

Time for a Pint!

by hayward68 about Market Inn

Nice pub with a great location on the market square. The pub has entrances from both the square and the street behind. Fairly large inside with lots of seating. We only went in for a drink so have no idea what the food's like.

Salisbury Cathedral

by KittyLou

We took a cab from the train station to the cathedral and found we were just in time for evensong. There was some church conference going on so there were clergy and delegates around which was nice. The choir wears green and one of the younger boys was a charming little red head who had to stand on tip toe to see his music. One of the best experiences I have had and certainly one I will remember fondly for years.

The Malmesbury House

by Tom_Fields

Built during the 13th century as a canonry (clerical residence), this house was leased to the Harris family in the 14th century. Sir Christopher Wren, who designed St Paul's, added the west facade in 1698.

Distinguished guests have included King Charles II and the composer Handel, who used the chapel at St Anne Gate for recitals.


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