Tour England - Salisbury

Dari Stonehenge, Editor nak bawa pembaca semua ke beberapa lagi tempat yg tak kurang dengan sejarahnya. Antaranya Old Sarum, Salisbury Cathedral dan Farleigh Hungerford Castle, semua nie masih lagi terletak di bahagian South West England.

Old Sarum is the site of the earliest settlement of Salisbury in England. The great earthwork of Old Sarum stands near Salisbury on the edge of Wiltshire's chalk plains. Its mighty ramparts were raised in about 500 BC by Iron Age peoples, and later occupied by the Romans, the Saxons and most importantly, the Normans.

A Norman castle was built on the inner mound and joined soon afterwards by a royal palace. Later, a new town occupied much of the great earthwork, complete with a noble new Norman cathedral.

But Norman Sarum was not destined to thrive. Soldiers and priest quarrelled and life on the almost waterless hilltop became intolerable. The solution was a move downhill to a new settlement now known as Salisbury, where a new cathedral was founded.

Thereafter Old Sarum went into steep decline. Its cathedral was demolished and its castle was eventually abandoned and the materials was sold by King Henry VII.

That's the history of Old Sarum...Now our journey continue to The New Sarum or Salisbury.

As response to deteriorating relations between the clergy and the military at Old Sarum, the decision was taken to resite the cathedral and bishopric was moved to its present place in Salisbury.

Lagend has it that, the Bishop of Old Sarum shot an arrow in the direction he would build the cathedral, the arrow hit a deer and the deer finally died in the place where Salisbury Cathedral is now.

Salisbury Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral, considered one of the leading examples of Early English architecture.

We left Salisbury and its history behind. Now, I would like to take you to Somerset to Farleigh Hungerford Castle.
Of course every place has its own story. So has Farleigh Castle. Farleigh Hungerford was begun in 1370s by Sir Thomas Hungerford,Speaker of the Commons, and extended in the 15th century by his son Walter, Lord Hungerford, distinguished soldier and statesman.

The colourful Hungerford family included 2 members executed during the Wars of Roses and another who imprisoned his wife here for 4 years, beheaded by Henry VIII. A Tudor Lady Hungerford burnt her murdered husband's body in the castle's oven...huhhh!!!! such a story!

The remains of their fortified mansion include 2 tall corner towers and a complete castle chapel, crowded with family monuments and bedecked with paintings. In the chapel's crypt the coffins of many Hungerfords are still visible, several with attached 'death marks'.

Here some of the pictures...

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