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Old Sarum Cathedral Also known as Sarum Cathedral

 

Images

  • Old woodcut engraving of Old Sarum Cathedral

Other Information

  • Old Sarum Cathedral, then known as Sarum Cathedral stood in the hilltop fortified town of Sarum.
  • The original cathedral was started in 1067 completed in 1090 and burned down a mere five days after opening.
  • A totally new building was built in Romanesque style at approximately 100 metres in length with two shorter towers on the western end and a central tower over a great crossing of about 37 metres in height.
  • The town fell into neglect and was abandoned because of the lack of water and the taxation of it.
  • The cathedral and castle were strong rivals and eventually the Bishop decided to relocate to two miles away to what is now Salisbury Cathedral.
  • Much of the abandoned Sarum Cathedral was demolished and acted as a quarry for the building of Salisbury. Nothing remains today but foundations.

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Reference Data

Reference No.
4772
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
07-05-2006
 

Building Location

Address
Old Sarum, Salisbury.
Council
Wiltshire County Council
County
Wiltshire
Region
South West
Country
United Kingdom

Building Specification

Status
Demolished
Construction start date
1092
Completion date
1190
Demolition Date
1227
Style
Romanesque

Roof Height (AGL)
37.00 *

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship


Metres > Feet

* Estimated Height