Salisbury Cathedral Images by Christopher hotton

Salisbury Cathedral is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the United Kingdom and is an excellent example of Early English Gothic Architecture. It is a vast and impressive structure sitting in the centre of a large Cathedral Close.

The main part of the building was constructed 1220 - 1258, with the tower and spire added, believed to have been constructed between 1310 - 1330.

Before the Storm

The main building was constructed of Chilmark Stone, a form of limestone quarried adjacent to the village of Chilmark, a few miles to the west of the City.

The reflective quality of the stone is responsible for the Cathedral appearing to change colour in different light conditions

West Front and Spire

The Cathedral took 38 years to build and is 473 feet long. The Nave is 82 feet long and 84 feet high.

North Elevation and Spire in late afternoon Sunshine

There are 365 separate windows (number of days in a year) and 8,760 marble pillars (number of hours in a year).

West Front at late Spring Afternoon

Construction of the main building employed 60,000 tons of Chilmark Stone, 10,000 tons of Purbeck Marble and 420 tons of lead sheeting to cover the 4 acres of roof.

North Face of Salisbury Cathedral from Cathedral Close

The spire, which was added in the fourteenth century added 6,500 tons to the supporting structure. The spire has never been straight and now tilts towards the south east by about 27 inches. At 404 feet high it is the tallest spire in the United Kingdom.

West Front with Spire behind

Salisbury Cathedral has the largest Cathedral Close in the united Kingdom at approximately 80 acres.

The Altar and East Window

In 2008 the Cathedral celebrated the 750th anniversary of its consecration.

The Nave looking to the West

Because of a high water table the foundations of this enormous structure are only four feet deep.

The Salisbury font was designed by the British water sculptor William Pye.

The Salisbury Font was designed by William Pye and installed in September 2008 as part of the 750th anniversary celebration.

The cruciform shape of the font with a 3m span allows for total immersion during baptism

Salisbury Cathedral from the River Avon

The Chapter House holds the best preserved copy of the Magna Carta - one of only four known copies.

The Garden of the New Inn

Located in New Street in the heart of the city is the New Inn. A fine old English pub with a large rear garden, having a wonderful view of Salisbury Cathedral spire

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