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Salisbury
July 2016
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Stonehenge, roughly 3000 BC - 2000 BC.
Stonehenge.
Stonehenge.
Stonehenge.
Stonehenge.
Along the road between Stonehenge and Avebury, a sign one doesn't see in Connecticut.
Avebury, a village built inside a Neolithic henge (bank and ditch) and three concentric stone circles that date to roughly 3000 BC - 2500 BC.
Avebury.
Avebury.
Avebury. The scale of the earthwork henge is astonishing.
Avebury.
Avebury.
Avebury Manor, early 16th Century.
Avebury.
Avebury.
Avebury.
Avebury, where even the sheep get stone and thatch.
Back in Salisbury proper, I wandered past an old mill on the River Avon.
One branch of the River Avon.
When you're walking towards town, Salisbury Cathedral dominates the skyline.
Salisbury Cathedral, built in just 38 years, beginning in 1220. The tower and spire were added in 1320.
Salisbury Cathedral.
Salisbury Cathedral.
Salisbury Cathedral.
Salisbury Cathedral.
Salisbury Cathedral.
The cloisters of Salisbury Cathedral.
Reputed to be the oldest working mechanical clock in the world, built in 1386. It powered the Salisbury Cathedral tower clock into the late Victorian era.
Salisbury Cathedral, from about one-third of the way up the "tower tour."
The space between the ceiling of Salisbury Cathedral and its roof, with mostly original medieval timbers.
The tower was unstable, and bracing efforts date to the 14th, 17th, and 19th Centuries. The third time proved to be the charm, and the tower is no longer moving.
The bells - the four smaller bells at the top chime the quarter hours, and the larger bell at the bottom strikes the hour. Very impressive when you're standing next to them.
Looking up from the top of the tower into the spire, almost all original 14th Century construction.
Looking up into the spire. The "tower tour" stops here, however, so climbing the ladders up into the spire is not on the program.
Salisbury seen from the tower of Salisbury Cathedral.
Salisbury seen from the tower of Salisbury Cathedral.
The Salisbury Cathedral Close.
The added weight of the tower and spire proved excessive, and caused considerable distortion of the columns beneath.
Salisbury Cathedral.
Salisbury Cathedral.
The High Street Gate, looking from the Cathedral Close into the medieval town.
The Church of St. Thomas a Becket. Bits of it predate Salisbury Cathedral, but most of its fabric is 15th Century.
The Doom (Last Judgment) mural and ceiling of The Church of St. Thomas a Becket. The mural is dated 1475.