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So, on the trip back to London for the last few days, the original plan was to stop at the Cheddar Caves on the way, but after re-routing once, we arrived in Cheddar Gorge rather later than intended and the sheer volume of people there made Frazer and me look at each other and just say "Hell No", so we drove down random English country lanes for a while until we saw a sign that said "Salisbury" and I said "Oh, they have a nice cathedral there…"

So… here are some pictures of the Salisbury Cathedral. The majority of it was completed within 40 years, so the architecture is uniformly, and solidly, early English Gothic. Massive, and beautiful, building.



They had an intricate, detailed, and well documented model of the construction of the Cathedral, detailing the various and sundry support workers required in the building of something like this.
They had an intricate, detailed, and well documented model of the construction of the Cathedral, detailing the various and sundry support workers required in the building of something like this. photo 10553314_10154442641655023_7645200065203914799_n.jpg

Wooden frames helped support the arches and buttresses while they were built. The Master Carpenters and Master Stonemasons had to measure each stone and section extremely carefully!
Wooden frames helped support the arches and buttresses while they were built.  The Master Carpenters and Master Stonemasons had to measure each stone and section extremely carefully! photo 156002_10154442642200023_4563610972411943021_n.jpg

The iconic spire present on Salisbury Cathedral was not present on the initial building. The spire itself was constructed later on, though it is stylistically in keeping with the rest of the Cathedral. The initial Cathedral had a much lower, square tower.
The iconic spire present on Salisbury Cathedral was not present on the initial building.  The spire itself was constructed later on, though it is stylistically in keeping with the rest of the Cathedral.  The initial Cathedral had a much lower, square photo 10537380_10154442642065023_7168086382275479787_n.jpg

The spire is massive. They don't photograph well, but the stone columns inside supporting it are actually bowing under the weight pressing down on them.
The spire is massive.  They don't photograph well, but the stone columns inside supporting it are actually bowing under the weight pressing down on them. photo 10584093_10154442641995023_3532926844421468504_n.jpg

A very impressive building. The scale is deceptive until you notice the little specs around the bottom, which are people.
A very impressive building.  The scale is deceptive until you notice the little specs around the bottom, which are people. photo 10551010_10154442642280023_915568090266203442_n.jpg

The view of the Cathedral looming up above the cloister walkways. I really liked the long corridors around the central square, framed by the regular, carved arches and small buttresses. It promoted a sense of serenity and orderliness and was really aesthetically balanced.
The view of the Cathedral looming up above the cloister walkways.  I really liked the long corridors around the central square, framed by the regular, carved arches and small buttresses.  It promoted a sense of serenity and orderliness and was really photo 10532384_10154442641955023_7449444486187437945_n.jpg

The nave (if I'm using my vocabulary correctly) is huge, and with the pointed arches all pulling the eye to the length and height of the room, it is designed to fill you with a sense of awe.
The nave (if I'm using my vocabulary correctly) is huge, and with the pointed arches all pulling the eye to the length and height of the room, it is designed to fill you with a sense of awe. photo 10584093_10154442641670023_4486191722166002011_n.jpg

The font is new(ish)… created in 2008 for the 750th anniversary of the Cathedral, it is carved of stone, polished, and has water continually pumped up into it from the base. The water spills out on the four corners of the cross in a constant stream down into four drains underneath. The still water above dark stone makes for incredibly gorgeous reflections.
The font is new(ish)? created in 2008 for the 750th anniversary of the Cathedral, it is carved of stone, polished, and has water continually pumped up into it from the base.  The water spills out on the four corners of the cross in a constant stream photo 10352582_10154442641780023_5675993189693246766_n.jpg

Even when looking down into the font, your eye is drawn upwards to the beautiful vaulting on the ceiling.
Even when looking down into the font, your eye is drawn upwards to the beautiful vaulting on the ceiling. photo 10361964_10154442642190023_3190382833152919533_n.jpg

This clock, built on or before 1386, is one of the oldest known, working, clock mechanisms. As with all early medieval clocks, it was not attached to a face, but instead was hooked up to bells that would chime the hour (and still do, attached to more modern mechanisms). The mechanism is still spinning away, though no longer attached to anything, and it has ticked more the 4 billion times.
This clock, built on or before 1386, is one of the oldest known, working, clock mechanisms.  As with all early medieval clocks, it was not attached to a face, but instead was hooked up to bells that would chime the hour (and still do, attached to mor photo 1909829_10154442641795023_6921852692392507605_n.jpg

The floor was covered in stones, under which lie the bodies of the dead. Many of the stones are worn to illegibility, something that I commented on last time I was here, and which Frazer mentioned this time around as well. These people, who no doubt saw a carved stone slab in the Cathedral as an enduring memorial, their names worn out by the march of centuries. Some remain clearly marked, however, like this poor little soul. There were only a few children… the cost involved in having your child interred in the Cathedral would have been high, and given the high mortality rate of children, it would have been prohibitively expensive.
The floor was covered in stones, under which lie the bodies of the dead.  Many of the stones are worn to illegibility, something that I commented on last time I was here, and which Frazer mentioned this time around as well.  These people, who no doub photo 10563126_10154442641665023_2248535172563826308_n.jpg

his is a pulpit (I assume... it has a microphone, and there is a carved wooden awning over top of it). It has a whole bunch of biblical figures carved around the sides.
This is a pulpit (I assume? it has a microphone, and there is a carved wooden awning over top of it).  It has a whole bunch of biblical figures carved around the sides. photo 10570386_10154442642125023_6425779699360991207_n.jpg

Noah looks out, holding his ark.
Noah looks out, holding his ark. photo 10358873_10154442642085023_2683876560035542865_n.jpg

And Jonah does likewise, holding his ship.
And Jonah does likewise, holding his ship. photo 10556228_10154442641760023_3775786686545680019_n.jpg

There were a number of very old tombs along the sides. This gentleman died in 1389. He was in numerous battles, and his feet rest on a lion.
There were a number of very old tombs along the sides.  This gentleman died in 1389.  He was in numerous battles, and his feet rest on a lion. photo 10458339_10154442641980023_4542092298438765403_n.jpg

As opposed to the knight from 200 years previously, this churchman is shown in a much more austere effigy.
As opposed to the knight from 200 years previously, this churchman is shown in a much more austere effigy. photo 10480950_10154442641835023_7631824681952233743_n.jpg

As was this one. There was no attempt at idealized representation? this effigy clearly shows a body in death. Below him is a cloth... possibly a shroud, about to be pulled up around him?
As was this one.  There was no attempt at idealized representation? this effigy clearly shows a body in death.  Below him is a cloth? possibly a shroud, about to be pulled up around him? photo 1451413_10154442641875023_8595971882226880521_n.jpg

Medieval churches were very colourful, which can be hard to imagine when we see them in modern times, with their paint worn away by the passage of time.
Medieval churches were very colourful, which can be hard to imagine when we see them in modern times, with their paint worn away by the passage of time. photo 1544940_10154442641865023_8550363492403445516_n.jpg

I love the richness of the blue in this stained glass and how it interacts with the darker lines of the vaulting above it.
I love the richness of the blue in this stained glass and how it interacts with the darker lines of the vaulting above it. photo 10407757_10154442641870023_5949022558912758505_n.jpg

The stained glass was beautiful. It's too bad that I couldn't take pictures in the Chapel that house the Magna Carta. The central column there had neat little animal carvings along the bottom and the room was ringed in stained glass. Seeing the Magna Carta, such a historically important document in Western culture, was a special opportunity. If only modern laws could still be written in such a straight-forwards way!
The stained glass was beautiful.  It's too bad that I couldn't take pictures in the Chapel that house the Magna Carta.  The central column there had neat little animal carvings along the bottom and the room was ringed in stained glass.  Seeing the Ma photo 10427311_10154442642030023_3639394827951051782_n.jpg
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