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.
... also famous of its wool making ...
Thatch Roof - costs about £20,000 to build
The Swan Inn also has a thatch roof
Every other house in this village has a thatch roof - rich neighbourhood here.
This is how they build it ...
Yes, thatch straw, bunch by bunch and pack it tight.
Salisbury Cathedral - West Entrance
Main hall inside the Cathedral
Wooden door at the South Entrance
The Cathedral was built mostly of carved stones
Ceiling was covered with another roof that was made of wood and lead.
2nd floor view into the Main Hall.
The few stained glass survived.
Some of the fine craftsmanship you can see at the window within the shaft up the spire.
Slanted trees were carefully selected to have the strong natural structural support of the heavy lead roof.
All the wood you saw here was over 1200 years old.
Some of the original wood scaffolding were still being used nowadays.
Spiral staircase going up the Spire.
Cathedral Bell, weighing about 800 lbs. How did they bring it up here.
New staircase was built to help service and maintain the Spire..
Another shot at the original wood structure that support the top part of the spire.
Yes, this is the wheel that lift supplies up, still being used today.
Standing on 200 feet above.
East side of the Cathedral
North Side of the cathedral. You can see the lead roof.
The cloister of the cathedral. It is now a private primary school.
The official of the Cathedral - The Salisbury Church of St. Mary.
One piece Marble, a lot of marble were also used to build the cathedral.
The whole was build around the cathedral, there is even a city wall around it.
Just find this old telephone booth with a blue sky.