Salisbury, nestling amongst water meadows and rolling
chalk downland remains one of Britain’s most beautiful,
medieval cities. From the ancient, abandoned site of
Old Sarum to the north, to the magnificent, spiretopped
medieval cathedral set in its huge, tranquil
Close, the city’s history is there to marvel at and enjoy.
Hill forts, medieval streets, walls and gateways, and
other sublime architectural examples abound. Sparkling
rivers meet in a city so compact and intimate it sometimes
has the feel of a friendly village. It may be small
but it has a thriving business community and hosts an
acclaimed, international Arts Festival.
Salisbury, or New Sarum, is the city of the spire. This
impossibly tall, delicate, medieval icon is a landmark for
travellers arriving from all points of the compass.
Piercing the sky, and visible from up to twenty miles
away, it soars above its unique, breathtaking cathedral.
The cathedral, in turn, presides over the huge, tranquil
haven of its idyllic, walled Close. Broad, verdant lawns
are framed by an overwhelming array of architecturally
and historically fascinating buildings.
Beyond the Close lies a medieval city with its large,
vibrant Market Square and a street plan virtually
unchanged since the chequers were symmetrically laid
out over seven hundred years ago, when Old Sarum
was abandoned by the Church. Ancient buildings and
smile-inducing treasures and curiosities abound.
Important prehistoric monuments and sumptuous
mansions stand within just five miles of this characterful
place. Salisbury may be small but it boasts many
Steve Day and Sue Walker reveal the full breadth of this
unique and truly fascinating city and its environs through
over 160 superb colour images that capture the
essence of the place for residents and visitors alike.
Steve Day was a professional photographer
who enjoyed exploring
Salisbury and Wiltshire. He had a gift
for balanced composition and the use
of light and interesting skies in his
images. The writer, Sue Walker (aka
Mrs Steve Day), moved to Salisbury in
1988 and has been exploring and
enjoying every aspect of the city ever
since. A scientist by profession, she is
a keen observer of the world around
her, with a broad interest in the Arts,
nature, history and archaeology.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 034 3, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published September 2010.