Here on a super-sized, manicured, bowling green sits the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Gothic from the get- go, building begun in 1220.
The masons of Salisbury have excelled. The Chapel of the Holy Trinity, at the east end, is one masterpiece, a fearless assembly of willowy Purbeck marble pillars. The Chapter House is a similar flight of geometric fancy, this is Decorated ‘bravura’.
Salisbury is the result of Bishop Richard le Poore’s successful lobbying of Pope Honorius III to move the church to a less damp and flood-prone spot. Honorius III said yes in 1217 and hey presto, stunning Gothic, restored across the years but unbowed, set on a lovely lawn.
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