Salisbury, England
September 7, 2007  

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Salisbury Cathedral
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Salisbury is kind of gateway town to Stonehenge. After the morning tour to Stonehenge, we were brought to a village outside of Salisbury to have breakfast. This village is well-known for the Thatch roof houses. And of course the "Swan Inn" where we had breakfast has a Thatch Roof.

After breakfast, we then drove to the township of Salisbury, where the most famous Saisbury Cathedral was built. We spent almost 4 hours touring the entire Cathedral. We visited the the Catheral spire, and saw a lot of fabulous achitecture.

The cathedral has the tallest church spire in the UK, the largest cloister in England, and one of the four surviving original copies of Magna Carta.


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... also famous of its wool making ...

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Thatch Roof - costs about 20,000 to build

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The Swan Inn also has a thatch roof
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Every other house in this village has a thatch roof - rich neighbourhood here.

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This is how they build it ...
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Yes, thatch straw, bunch by bunch and pack it tight.

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Salisbury Cathedral - West Entrance
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Main hall inside the Cathedral

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Wooden door at the South Entrance
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The Cathedral was built mostly of carved stones

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Ceiling was covered with another roof that was made of wood and lead.
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2nd floor view into the Main Hall.

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The few stained glass survived.

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Some of the fine craftsmanship you can see at the window within the shaft up the spire.
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Slanted trees were carefully selected to have the strong natural structural support of the heavy lead roof.

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All the wood you saw here was over 1200 years old.

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Some of the original wood scaffolding were still being used nowadays.
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Spiral staircase going up the Spire.

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Cathedral Bell, weighing about 800 lbs. How did they bring it up here.
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New staircase was built to help service and maintain the Spire..

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Another shot at the original wood structure that support the top part of the spire.
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Yes, this is the wheel that lift supplies up, still being used today.

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Standing on 200 feet above.
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East side of the Cathedral
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North Side of the cathedral. You can see the lead roof.

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The cloister of the cathedral. It is now a private primary school.

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The official of the Cathedral - The Salisbury Church of St. Mary.

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One piece Marble, a lot of marble were also used to build the cathedral.
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The whole was build around the cathedral, there is even a city wall around it.

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Just find this old telephone booth with a blue sky.
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And of course the british roundabout....



Location: Salisbury, England


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