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Salisbury town guide

Salisbury began as an Iron Age encampment, some distance away from the present day centre and now known as Old Sarum. In the twelfth century as the water supply at Old Sarum dwindled, the new city became centred on the confluence of the rivers Avon and Nidder. Here the magnificent cathedral, with the tallest spire in England was constructed.

The 18th century landscape artist Constable was fascinated by the views across the water meadows to the cathedral and painted it in all its moods.

Now the area around the cathedral, Salisbury Place and the Bishop's Palace are a haven for visitors. Rent a car and drive out of Salisbury for a short distance and you are soon onto Salisbury Plain, a training ground for the British Army, and site of the world famous Stonehenge. This pre-historic circle of stones is thought to have been built to calculate the annual calendar and the seasons. On June 21st. each year there is a ceremony to celebrate the Summer Solstice.

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