"Salisbury" United Kingdom Travelogue by Barnabas

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A history of Salisbury

Salisbury is a city in the South West of England. Salisbury began on a small mound just two mile's north of the city, then it's original name was Serum. Serum was started by the Celts and thrived for many years, until the Romans came from Essex. The main river in salisbury is known as the Avon, but when the Romans came they changed it to Sovordonium. There is a very good book written by Edward Rotherford called 'Serum'. The after the Romans, the Normans came and built a castle on top the mound, which stood for many years. In this castle was a much smaller Cathdrel and a priory.

The church (I believe) used to have many disputes with the authorties of the castle. There are two ledgends of how our present Cathedrel was built, they are. A knight fired a arrow from a long bow which supposidly struck a deer, what ever it hit it was found in marsh ground. The other ledgend is that the Bishop had a dream from God telling him where to build the new cathedrel by showing him a vision.

The cathdrel was began in 1100 and finished in 1220. many of the people working on the cathdrel stayed at where the red Lion Hotel is now, in Milford Street. The spire was added at a later date, and Salisbury cathdrel has the worlds oldest clock built in 1300 and still in working order.

There are many place's to visit, including Salisbury Cathdrel. A red light was added to the top of the spire in the sixties to warn low flying aircraft, the red glow can be seen all over the city. There are many fine houses and museums round Cathdrel Close; they are: Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum which house's many archology finds discovered in and around Salisbury, including a mumified rat in a man's head, The Wardrobe which displays all of of Wiltshirs and Hampshire's regimental history, Mompesson House and many more. There is also guided tours which take place daily from Salisbury's Tourist Information Centre in Fish Row, there is also the ghost tour.

There are many pubs and inns around Salisbury, a few of them are; The Chaugh in Blue boar Row which has a full menue and a restuarant upstairs, The Haunch of venison in Minster Street (Salisbury's oldest inn & once a brothel), also has a full menue and Restuarant, including a genuine mumefied hand which used to belong to a gambler who was caught cheating in 1500, this can be viewed in a room just behind the main bar. The White Horse in Castle Road is an inn as well as a pub, and the Old castle which is opposite Serum Castle.

There is a market which takes place every saturday and Tuesday sinch 1300, and two shopping malls (Cross keys, The Old George).

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