Work started on the cathedral in 1220 – exactly 800 years ago – and the foundation stone was laid on 28 April. The main structure was completed by 1258, and the tower and spire were added in the early 1300s. Since then the cathedral has undergone many changes. In particular the tower and spire have caused concern from the start and a regular programme of repairs has been needed to ensure stability. This volume celebrates these 800 years. It is not another history of the cathedral, but an exploration of some of the exciting variety of experiences to be found within its walls and beyond. At one end of the time spectrum there is a re-examination of the people and land at Old Sarum, and at the other, chapters on the flower festival that was planned but fell victim to coronavirus, and on the art festival that did still take place but as an interactive experience. There are chapters on the architecture of the building and on the various restorations, especially in the twentieth century. Other topics include the move from Old Sarum, and the cathedral treasures during the 1939-45 war. The results of an extensive graffiti survey are included, plus studies on the Willis organ, and literary links with the cathedral. The special role of the army of volunteers has its own chapter.
The book, Salisbury Cathedral: 800 Years of People and Place, Sarum Studies 7, is part of the series produced by Sarum Chronicle. With 264 pages it is superbly illustrated in colour.