Nearly eight hundred years ago, on the 28th April 1220 the foundation stone was laid for a new cathedral to be built in Salisbury in Wiltshire. Henry III helped sponsor and support the building of what was to become one of the most beautiful places of worship in the world. It took nearly forty years to finish the main part of the cathedral,, and then there were other parts including the west front to be completed. Timber and stone was brought from across the islands of Britain and Ireland, and the skill of the medieval craftsmen is just a marvel and a wonder.
It wasn’t until well into the fourteenth century that the tower and soaring spire were added, and although at the time there were other taller spires, since the late seventeenth century Salisbury Cathedral spire has been the highest in England, at 404 feet. It is now the most wonderful place to visit, and if you are a Christian in which to worship. The glass, the statuary, the memorials, the copy of the Magna Carta (yes, a contemporary copy one of the four remaining in this country) the grounds, the graceful trees… It is a really beautiful place.