Town House Hotel

1 Bridge St., Salisbury, SP1 2ND, United Kingdom
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West Facade of the Cathedral

by grandmaR

The Cathedral at Salisbury was completed in an incredibly short period of time (even for today). The site was prepared in the 1190s and between 1220-1258 the main body of Cathedral and free-standing bell tower (since demolished) was built in Early English style by 300 workers. This means that the entire cathedral is in a single architectural style. Most medevil cathedrals were the work of decades and various bits and pieces are in different styles.

The Cloisters were built later (1264-1270) in theEnglish Gothic style.

The information below on the West Front comes from the cathedral FAQ. "The West Front was completed by 1255 with the statuary work in 1300. At least 24 medieval statues survived to the seventeenth century but only 10 now. 60 statues were added during the Victorian period. The statues conform to a carefully considered iconography based on the Te Deum: bishops and doctors, saints and martyrs, apostles and evangelists, prophets and patriarchs are ranged in ascending order below Christ in Majesty in the high gable. At the base of the west front was the ceremonial entrance to the cathedral. All the original wooden doors survive here. A book on the West Front (published 2000) and a West Front leaflet are available in the shop. New statues of two angels and St. Aldhelm carved by Jason Battle."

There is a picture of the bottom of the West Front in my Intro page.

Look for cadaver tombs.............

by leics

Cadaver tombs represent the decomposing body of the person within: they remind of us that our bodies will decay after death, and only the soul lives on. They are quite common in English cathedrals, though were the exclusive province of the rich and powerful (the only people who could afford to have one created).

Lincoln Cathedral has the earliest, but there is more than one in Salisbury. They became fashionable around the mid-14th century and can also be found in other parts of Europe. Sometimes they have an effigy of the person above, and the rotting corpse beneath but the ones I saw in Salisbury were just the cadaver itself.

I find them a fascinating insight into the Medieval mind.

All you can eat for under £5

by LouiseTopp about The Dragon

In Fisherton Street in Salisbury is a Chinese restaurant at no 19. Here all through the week from 12.30 until 2pm you can eat as much as you want for £5. The foods so fresh that you can still see it swimming in the tank! The restaurant used to be a modal shop called ‘Futchers’ which had stood along Fisherton Street for well over 100 years. The used to sell practical jokes & have a photography studio, Mr Futcher retired & the restaurant took over. Inside the restaurant you can choose your food at a buffet trolley then take it to the tables. The menu ranges from Chicken fried rice or noodles, mixed vegetable, soup for starters, Sweet & sour pork chops in a sauce, dessert is usually ice-cream. The sweet & sour sauce seems to have a mind of its own & runs everywhere, there’s a ladle to scoop it up with. Drinks are sold separately. It’s so popular that the queue can reach out the door & down the road. On entering there’s a fish tank with carp in cruising about, I said the food was fresh. Inside Chinese music is played softly through speakers; I hope your starving when you visit here 

Magna Carta

by grandmaR

The chapter house (no photos allowed) has one of the four surviving original texts of the Magna Carta. (Two of the originals are in the British Library. One is at Lincoln Castle.) I had not gotten over to the British Library while I was in London.

They had translations into various languages (the original is in Latin) on wooden paddles.

Part of the translation:

JOHN, by the grace of God King of England, .. to his archbishops, bishops.. servants, and to all his.. loyal subjects, Greeting.


(1) FIRST, THAT WE HAVE GRANTED TO GOD, and by this present charter have confirmed for us... that the English Church shall be free, and shall have its rights undiminished, and its liberties unimpaired...

TO ALL FREE MEN OF OUR KINGDOM we have also granted,..all the liberties written out below...

(13) The city of London shall enjoy all its ancient liberties and free customs....

(20) For a trivial offence, a free man shall be fined only in proportion to the degree of his offence, and for a serious offence correspondingly, but not so heavily as to deprive him of his livelihood...

(35) There shall be standard measures of wine, ale, and corn (the London quarter), throughout the kingdom. There shall also be a standard width of dyed cloth, russett, and haberject, namely two ells within the selvedges...

(38) In future no official shall place a man on trial upon his own unsupported statement, without producing credible witnesses to the truth of it...

(40) To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice...

(45) We will appoint as justices, constables, sheriffs, or other officials, only men that know the law of the realm and are minded to keep it well...

Both we and the barons have sworn that all this shall be observed in good faith and without deceit. Witness...

Given by our hand in the meadow that is called Runnymede, between Windsor and Staines, on the fifteenth day of June in the seventeenth year of our reign (i.e. 1215: the new regnal year began on 28 May).

St Osmund's church

by maritagnes

I took this photo from the tower of Salisbury Cathedral, which offered me a magnificent view over the town.
St Osmund's church is one of three Roman Catholic churches in Salisbury. This beautiful Gothic revival style church dates from 1847 -architect A.W.N Pugin.


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Address: 1 Bridge St., Salisbury, SP1 2ND, United Kingdom