Salisbury Cathedral

After my post on the glass exhibition, here’s some more images of the cathedral which is absolutely huge. I can well imagine how this place inspired thoughts of higher things as well as reminders of those who have gone to a hopefully better place.

Cadaver tombs were sometimes combined with images of a bishop in his full pomp, as a reminder that death takes us all, so is the great equaliser.


This memorial is only about a foot long. It is unknown if it marks the burial of the body part of an adult or if it is for a boy bishop. Still a very small boy.


This is a wonderfully ornate tomb for a fashionable Tudor knight and his lady


Here they are in detail:


This is the roof of a chantry chapel. People left money in their wills to pay for prayers to speed their ascent to heaven in chantries. These were condemned by Henry VIII as vain but the priests used their spare time to run schools and other acts of charity, so indirectly of benefit to many. They are stunning miniatures of gothic architecture, but few survive intact.



This is the choir


Salisbury has a fine set of misericords – flat panels beneath the seats which allowed frail and elderly priests to be given relief – misere – while seeming to be standing during church services which could go on all day. they can be incredibly complex and provide an insight into medieaval life, but this one is rather basic bit of carving


This is the clerestory – to add extra light when side chapels were built


Memorial to Henry Colt Hoare, antiquarian/painter and heir to Henry Hoare banker who built the Stourhead estate, Now National Trust.


This is a rare piece of iconoclasm, and odd as the tomb is untouched apart from the face being sliced cleanly off. Quite a specific statement by the vandals.


The high altar


The choir looking east


One of several chapels for private prayer. This one dedicated to St Michael, with lots of poppies, for remembering those lost in the many wars


I think this monk was the founder of the cathedral.


A huge former wind vane


The oldest clock in the country


the east window. Too dark.


and a lovely window in the chapter house


4 thoughts on “Salisbury Cathedral

  1. Thank you for more photos. I love the Colt Hoare memorial and always go to visit him when I’m in Salisbury – he always looks to me as if he is sitting on his own tomb in his pyjamas, writing a letter to the Times.

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