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ISBN: 9780857040343
AUTHOR: Sue Walker & Steve Day
Portrait of Salisbury
Portrait of Salisbury
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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 superlatives.

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.

Portrait of WiltshirePortrait of Wiltshire - £14.99
The secret of this wonderful landscape is to be found in its amazing variety; and in over 140 glorious images Steve Day unlocks that secret in a way that has never been done before.
Wiltshire in the Age of SteamWiltshire in the Age of Steam - £19.99
Wiltshire is renowned for its prehistoric monuments, yet its industrial heritage is also surprisingly rich and diverse. This copiously illustrated book by Peter Stanier examines these and many other aspects of Wiltshire’s history in the industrial period, while the archaeology illustrates how the physical remains of industry are a fascinating legacy of the past.
Images of Wiltshire RailwaysImages of Wiltshire Railways - £19.99
Another book in this popular and growing series featuring photographs from the collection of Maurice Dart, authority on Westcountry railways.
Perfect WiltshirePerfect Wiltshire - £14.99
In more than 140 stunning images, master photographer Mark Bauer celebrates the wondrousness of Wiltshire, this most photogenic – indeed perfect – of counties.
Stonehenge & AveburyStonehenge & Avebury - £7.99
Designed as a gazetteer, this beautifully illustrated volume bt Rodney Legg explores the two sectors of Britain’s earliest World Heritage Site: Avebury and Stonehenge. They were given the international accolade in 1986. This book provides a brief history of each individual monument and reveals how work has begun to restore the remarkable landscape that is home to these national treasures, in the dual care of English Heritage and the National Trust. Efforts continue to undo much of the damage done over many generations by farming, road building and general exploitation.
A Boot Up Salisbury PlainA Boot Up Salisbury Plain - £4.99
Rodney Legg's ten selected walks, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area – its people, its history, and its working landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery Salisbury Plain has to offer. Many of the walks feature a pub along the route.
Wiltshire RailwaysWiltshire Railways - £19.99
Colin Maggs, the renowned expert on railway history, tells the fascinating tale of the railways and the impact they had on the lives of everyone in the county - explored in an expert text and in more than two hundred evocative images
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