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Salisbury Cathedral

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Salisbury Cathedral

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Salisbury Cathedral

Set in the most beautiful close in England, Salisbury is one of the more imposing of the medieval cathedrals. Work was begun in 1220 and it was dedicated in 1258 - meaning that the entire cathedral was built in only 38 years. The spire is the tallest in England and for centuries made the cathedral the tallest structure in the country. It is very heavy (6,500 tonnes) and balanced on less than 4 feet of foundations!

Salisbury Cathedral has been immortalised by Constable’s painting of the view from the Bishop’s Palace; and William Golding’s book The Spire is based on the story of the construction of Salisbury Cathedral, portraying the height of the spire as one man’s obsessive quest.

Amongst the many treasures of the cathedral are the best preserved of only four surviving copies of Magna Carta and the Europe's oldest working clock – designed simply to strike the hours (but without a dial to tell the time) it still keeps accurate time today.

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One of the tallest spires in the UK


THE tallest spire Aura! Strong contender for tallest Medieval building anywhere. Lincoln was taller but fell down. It is a very beautiful building and has survived at least two hurricanes and Henry VIII, which is pretty impressive. If you are visiting southern England go there, plus Stonehenge and Bath, plus Glastonbury Tor if you must, you could even do them all in a day.

Tallest Spire & built on what is virtualy a marsh.
Hugh Woods

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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

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