Old Sarum is windswept and mysterious. It started life out as a Iron age hill fort, then the Romans arrived & began calling it Soverodonium. A few years old when the Romans departed the Normans pulled up in England & renamed it Sarum. Sarum on the edge of Salisbury where the city first began, there’s evidence of a much smaller cathedrals you can see it’s outline from the air; just jump out of a plane & you’ll see what I mean! Near bye is a caravan site, & a farm; sheep once roamed the embankments. Serum’s just a ruin now owned by English Heritage, there’s a small fee to get in. There’s a deep moat which my cousin fell into last year while coming back from the pub tipsy, there’s no water in it just overgrown grass. Strange things have been seen on the battlements, & there’s even tales about a ghostly battle. A man tried to pinch the money from the office once & fell into the dungeon; he was let out by staff the following day!
Some people have said that earth energies run through the site. Dowsers have shown that a strong, powerful leyline runs from Stonehenge, through Old Sarum, Salisbury Cathedral & on to Clearbury Ring. The Doomsday Book was to a degree printed at Old Sarum, where, upon the book's close, William the Conqueror called up England's land owners to state their duty.
Hundreds of rabbits live on the banks of the castle, they come out in crowds when they think everyone has gone home. The area is good for dog walkers, & the embankments are dotted with holes made by the rabbit’s; if not then they got some bloody big mole’s up there!
I have been told that the racecourse at Salisbury is one of the oldest courses in the UK. Set in the middle of picturesque Wiltshire countryside, within views of stunning Salisbury Cathedral, you can see right across the land towards Wilton & beyond. You can hear the guns thudding away up on Salisbury plain occasionally. It’s quite peaceful with the sound of the occasional car (& the guns from time to time). There’s car boot sales here sometimes & race meetings, conference & seminars in the Bibury Suit. They have the Moonraker room which is 18.9 metres by 11 metres, with a ceiling height of 3.2 metres; they use this for video & projection events. They even have banquets here, weddings, dinner dances, Christmas parties & many other events. There’s a large car park here, please visit the web site for more information.
This is a nice place to go & watch planes take off. There is a cafe here which does home cooked meals, there is also generouse glasses of orange juice for £1.30. The cafe is open all week and overlooks the runway, and there is indoor and outdoor seating. There is wheelchair access & toliots, open from 8.30am-8pm. There is also a licensed bar open from 9am-5pm.
Salisbury Flying Club is the oldest in England, starting in 1915. You can get flying lessons here, & can get you a full pilot's license.
Sometimes in the evenings during the summer, I like to wander over with my bike towards Serum Castle. In the evening it is very peaceful with scenic views from the hill towards the Cathedral, & the surrounding village of Stratford.
There are some hidden path's & grassy mounds to sit on, the only company being crowds of rabbits who have burrows in the hillside & the occasional sheep in the field. There isn't a fence round the moat, my cousin fell into it once when coming back from the pub. A man fell into the dungeon once, when trying to steal from the till. He wasn't found until the next morning; minus white hair from the fright!
Serum is a good place to walk the dog, wierd figures have been seen on the battlements & there are ledgends of ghosts. Some say the nights are the scariest, the only knights I know are the one's in armour & dustbins on thire heads when they have shows.
Spend some time at the market in the center of town. Its not unlike or unique from markets throughout Europe, but it was just nice to paruse various British wares. Part of the whole take time and smell the roses thing...
Don't miss the mummified hand at the Haunch of Venison. It was found while the building was being worked on in the 1800's. The hand was still clutching a few playing cards, you can imagine what he did to lose his hand! One of the two ghosts is supposed to be the owner of the hand. You can just see it on the left behind the glass in this pic.
At the end of the cathedral's Trinity Chapel is the Gabriel Loire Window for Prisoners of Consciense. Gabriel Loire, born in France in 1904, was the greatest contemporary stained glass artist.
Have a look at the delivery cart for the butcher in Salisbury. Such a quaint way to still do deliveries.