Salisbury is unusual amongst mediaeval cathedrals in being built substantially in a single phase and a unified style. The current cathedral was largely built between 1220 and 1280 on the new valley site of Salisbury, replacing the earlier building on the hilltop site of Old Sarum. Built slightly later, the beautiful 14th C tower and spire is, at 404 ft, the tallest in England, and the whole is set in a spacious close. Groupings of lancet windows feature widely in the design.
Internally, the 13th C nave is serene and beautiful. There is a fine east window, and a notable series of tombs and chantries. The cloister and the octagonal Chapter House (1260-80) are also worthy of note.
We have permission to use tripods, and advice is available on church photography from members skilled in the art. Meet from 1000 for 1030 start. There is a cafeteria and toilets on site, and disabled parking is available in the cathedral close. The event is free, but entry to the cathedral is £6.50 (pay to cathedral on day).
Photos (c) Dr Mike Sasse