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  • 1 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    33 The Close

    Built between 1220-1258, Salisbury Cathedral epitomises Early English architecture at its best and purest. Heightening of the tower and the construction of the 123 m-high spire were part of a second phase (1334-1380), conceived largely by Elias of De..

  • 2 Wilton House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Park Wilton

    In 1544, the first Count of Pembroke, William Herbert, had a residence built on the site of the Benedictine convent of Wilton, victim of Henry VIII's Dissolution. Following generations have left their mark here, calling in Inigo Jones, John Webb and ..

  • 3 The Close Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. High

    The Close, spacious and mellow with the ancient stone and terracotta bricks of its 16-18C houses, was enclosed in the 1330's to protect it against the "riotous citizenry". The walls are of stone from the abandoned cathedral and castle of Ol..

  • 4 Redcoats in the Wardrobe Interesting

    Museums and art

    65 The Close

    King's House, a medieval flint and brick construction, named after the visits of James I, has a collection of finds from Stonehenge, a model and relics from Old Sarum as well as a porcelain and pottery section.

  • The regiment was formed by the amalgamation of the Royal Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiments. The museum is housed in the Wardrobe, one of the oldest houses to be built in the Close (1254) as the Bishop's storehouse and wardrobe; it was altered in the ..

  • 6 Mompesson House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Close

    Through a fine 18C wrought iron gateway and front door, above which stands the stone-carved coat of arms of Charles Mompesson (who built the house in 1701), is a well-furnished interior set against Baroque plasterwork with a masterly oak staircase bu..

  • 7 Sarum St Thomas Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    sq. St. Thomas's Square

    A Perpendicular church dating from 1220 with a low square tower added in 1390. It has a Doom Painting (c 1475, the largest in England) above the chancel arch, featuring Christ in Majesty and the New Jerusalem. The Lady Chapel, decorated with very sma..

  • 8 St Ann's and Bishop Gates

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    St Ann Street

    The gates in the east wall adjoin Malmesbury House and the old Bishops' Palace, an island building (c 1220), now the Cathedral School.

  • 9 Harnham Gate

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rd. Harnham

    The distant south gate leads to De Vaux College and St Nicholas' hospital now closed.

  • 10 North or High Street Gate

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. High

    The gate, with a statue of Edward VII, gives onto the Choristers' Close and the town by way of an alleyway of old houses and the Matron's College (1682).

  • 11 Medieval streets

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Silver Street

    Between the cathedral and Market Square to the north extends a network of medieval streets, lined with gabled, half-timbered houses dating from the 14-17C. The street names indicate the trades which once flourished there: Fish Row, Butcher Row and Si..

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