Tuesday, 15 July 2008

England Part X - Salisbury, Wiltshire

When in Salisbury's Market Square, it's a tradition to eat at Stoby's Fish & Chips.
Stoby's was originally an open yard between two buildings, and was enclosed with a wall either end and a roof to create a building about 250 years ago.

It's the narrowest restaurant I've ever been in, measuring about 12' wall to wall.

The fish'n'chips is yummy.

The gooey green stuff is mushy peas. Never tasted any? You've missed a traditional British treat!

The jewel of Salisbury is the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest spire in the UK, and the building was completed in only 38 years, from 1220-1258.
It also has has the largest cloister and the largest cathedral close in Britain covering 80 acres. It contains the world's oldest working clock dating from AD 1386 and has one of the four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta.

The gentleman in the middle (above) is Bishop Poore, who oversaw the early years of the building's construction, beginning in 1220. He is holding a model of the Cathedral.

And this poor chap (below) isn't having much fun being bitten by a vengeful little monster of some kind... click to see the detail.

The spire and tower weigh 6,397 tons and were added to the building between 1310-1333. Most large spires of this magnitude fell down years ago, but buttresses, bracing arches and iron ties have been added as support over the centuries enabling Salisbury to boast the tallest surviving pre-1400 spire in the world. The large supporting pillars at the corners of the spire bend inwards under the strain.

The only day in the whole year when the Cathedral is closed is when they prepare for the annual flower show.
Yes, that's the day I was there, so I couldn't go inside. Just my luck!

However, Stonehenge is only a short bus ride away, but that's another story.

Please scroll down for previous posts about my vacation in England.

22 comments:

Kerri said...

Oh My! That is one AWESOME Cathedral! Your posts make me want to visit!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

This is a such a gorgeous cathedral that I still remember visiting it in 1981! That was a Lo-o-ong time ago. ;-)

photowannabe said...

Awesome travel pictures. What beautiful interesting country.
Mushy peas? Tell me more.....

Beverly said...

I am always in awe of the building that were built so long ago and endure until today. Thanks for sharing.

Hilary said...

Beautiful architecture, ex-S!

Don't tell Frank about the fish and chips.. he'll be SO jealous!

imac said...

Ha been there too good.

madretz said...

What a difference to our local architecture. I was watching a program this week about barracks at Fort Ord on the Monterey coast that were built in the 1940s are being torn down within the year. You've got your almost 800 year old Cathedral standing the test of time. And our 60 year old barracks can't even last a generation.

Beckster said...

Wow, Ex-Shammy you did so well! I love Salisbury, my mum went to college there (her college is now a museum, she hates it when I tell people that!) did you see how the spire veers off to one side? I just went to see another one of the surviving Magna Carters yesterday in the British Library. I've been so busy I've not blogged in a while, but you've inspired me! Plus, I got a job in the UK tour of CABARET, so that'll give me plenty of blog-worthy destinations!

tut-tut said...

Hey, I looked up too, to some little gargoyles etc. Yours is unique.

m.e. said...

I loved Salisbury Cathedral when I first visited Peggy in the UK. Such an awe-inspiring place and yet so warm and intimate with all the gravestones set in the floor and the many memorials on/in the walls.

Ash said...

Fantastic architecture and images.
I so love fish and chips :-)

Libbys Blog said...

You where just down the road from me! That restaurant is only one foot smaller than the width of my house!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Peter said...

Magna Charta! One of the few dates in history I remember: 1215!

Bad luck about the only closure day, but I guess you got some comfort by the Fish & Chips! There is a tendency to make jokes about this dish, but it can be REALLY good!

Ming the Merciless said...

I went to the link you posted for mushy peas and all I remembered after reading the description were food colorings and flatulence. :-)

dennis said...

Dennis loves fish n chips, he likes the mushy peas better than the chips even.

That Cathedral looks very cool the exterior is GORGEOUS>!~!

LC said...

The fish place is great and I love the cathedral. Great shots.

bigbikerbob said...

Hi, Nice to see you enjoyed your holiday, especially the "Fish-n-chips" although I'm not a mushy pea man myself.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

FABULOUS! This Church is extraordinary...My My My! It is sad you couldn't go in but what you did see and share is just fantastic!

Ginnie said...

I am such a glutton for travel stories and pics like this, Ex-S. But you already know that! :)

ChrisJ said...

Marvelous photos, but Mmmmm!...fish and chips! My favorite. Can't get any like the English ones over here.

Peggy said...

I've never seen Salisbury Cathedral when it wasn't covered in scaffolding!

We used to live in Wiltshire you know. It is where our George was born.

Jeanette said...

What a beautiful Cathedral,Shame it was closed on your visit there,It would have been lovely see to see inside.
Ohhh Your fish and chips looks so yummy, I think ill go down the fish shop for lunch...