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Salisbury Cathedral has the largest cloisters of any British Cathedral.

The cloisters were started as a purely decorative feature only five years after the cathedral building was completed, with shapes, patterns, and materials that copy those of the cathedral interior.
It was an ideal opportunity in the development of Early English Gothic architecture, and Salisbury Cathedral made [...]

14 Comments CherryPie on Jul 9th 2014

Altar of St Margaret of Scotland:
(c.1045-1093). Descendant of Alfred King of Wessex and ancestor of Queen Elizabeth II Canonised 1250.
Wife of King Malcolm III of Scotland. The 17th century frontal is thought to be Spanish but may be Italian, and shows scenes from the life of St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582).
It is one of the [...]

2 Comments CherryPie on Jul 7th 2014

The Salisbury ‘choir boys’ traditionally undergo a quaint initiation ceremony.

Chorister initiation – “bumping”
now be said about the rather quaint initiation ceremony for newly made choristers after Evensong on the day that they receive their surplices.
The new chorister is seated on the stone shelf in the south choir aisle with the Bishop’s Chorister and the [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Jul 5th 2014

The High Altar is the very heart of the Cathedral.  This is the table where Holy Communion is celebrated.  The embroidered frontal changes during the year to reflect the season in the church.
The window behind the High Altar is entitled Prisoners of Conscience and is situated in the Trinity Chapel. It was designed by the [...]

2 Comments CherryPie on Jul 4th 2014

This artwork of terracotta figures by Nicholas Pope is currently situated in the Trinity Chapel at Salisbury Cathedral.

The Apostles Speaking in Tongues Lit by Their Own Lamps is a dramatic re-enactment of events narrated in the New Testament. On the Jewish feast of the Pentacost, the Holy Spirit was said to have come upon the [...]

14 Comments CherryPie on Jul 3rd 2014

I found the Salisbury Font fascinating and breathtaking:

The Salisbury font was designed by the renowned British water sculptor William Pye.  It was installed in September 2008 and dedicated by the Archbishop of Canterbury during the celebration of the 750th anniversary of the consecration of the Cathedral.
Cruciform in shape, the font has a 3-metre span to [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Jul 2nd 2014

This clock was made in or before 1386 and was originally located in a separate Bell Tower  (demolished 1792) just to the north of the Cathedral. It is probably the oldest working clock in existence – and like all clocks of that date had no face but struck the hour on the bell (now located [...]

4 Comments CherryPie on Jul 1st 2014

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