Cathedral

The first cathedral at Salisbury was up in the Celtic hillfort - by then a Norman castle - of Old Sarum, where its outlines can still be seen.. Some account of this cathedral and its very worldly bishop occurs in the 'Castle' chapter of SARUM. But around the year 1200, it was decided to move the cathedral down into the rich meadows below, and to lay out a market town beside it. This new foundation, and the details of how the new cathedral with its soaring spire was built by the medieval architects, and stonemasons, is told in the 'Founding' chapter of SARUM.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Potatoes were made illegal in France for 24 years ! The French became convinced that the South American vegetable could cause a whole host of diseases, including leprosy, so in 1748, the cultivation and consumption of potatoes was strictly outlawed. It wasn’t until an imprisoned medical army officer named Antoine Auguste Parmentier survived in his prison cell subsisting solely on a diet of potatoes that acceptance of the food began to shift. After being released from prison, Parmentier went on to write a thesis about its health benefits, helping to overturn the law and re-introduce the potato to the French public in 1772. Within 20 years, potatoes became one of the most popular, and indeed, important foods in France. Even the ornamental royal gardens in Tuileres Palace in Paris - originally filled with flowers and exotic plants - were converted into potato fields.




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