Until I visited Old Sarum I never knew it was a hillfort let alone have a cathedral there but the place is huge and the place dates back to 400BC. The Normans took it over and built a Motte & Bailey Castle along with a Royal Palace and Great Cathedral. It lasted 300 years till the Salisbury Bishop fell out with the Wiltshire sheriff causing the removal of the church to where the present Salisbury is now.English Heritage now own the site and the outline of the cathedral is still there
there is an information board telling you about the Cathedrals
an another telling you about the fellow who had it moved.
This looks from the east end of the site where the chancel & altar would have been
This to the old east gate of the castle 800 years ago I'd have been looking at a huge support pillar had I been stood in the same place
If you remember the first picture you can see a building in front of the North Transept, well this is what is left of that.
This was the Vestry or Treasury there were windows as we can see from the dips in the stonework, just beyond you can see the outline of the Cloister
the place was supported on these pillars
Looking along to the Cloister end of the vestry
The outer wall of the Cathedral and part of the cloister looking to the Vestry
Hope you have enjoyed my little trip round Old Sarum Cathedral
Have a good Weekend