Oct 162013
 
Salisbury, Old Sarum, Stonehenge, and Avebury
Salisbury Cathedral

It was a overcast and threatening when we left London, and by the time we approached Salisbury, it was overcast, raining, and dreary.  Our guide had planned to visit Old Sarum first, but looking at the weather id didn’t seem like starting the day on a hilltop would be the best idea, so we went straight on to Salisbury Cathedral and made Old Sarum our second stop (one of the advantages of a smaller tour rather than the big motor coach tours).  The cathedral has the tallest medieval tower in Britain, and houses one of the four known copies of the Magna Carta.

Salisbury Cathedral -- View down the Nave from the Font. (Click image to enlarge)

1.  Salisbury Cathedral — View down the Nave from the Font.
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A reminder of life more than 2 1/2 centuries ago. (Click image to enlarge)

2.  A reminder of life more than 2 1/2 centuries ago.
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"Prisoners of Conscience" Window (1980) and tending the Shrine Tomb of Bishop Osmund -- one of three tombs brought here for reburial in 1226 from the previous cathedral at Old Sarum. (Click image to enlarge)

3.  “Prisoners of Conscience” Window (1980) and tending the Shrine Tomb of Bishop Osmund — one of three tombs brought here for reburial in 1226 from the previous cathedral at Old Sarum.  (Click image to enlarge)

Kids in the Cloisters on a rainy day...All kinds of medieval kit for them to try.

4.  Kids in the Cloisters on a rainy day…All kinds of medieval kit for them to try.  (Click image to enlarge)

Old Sarum

Still drizzling when we headed back to nearby Old Sarum…Blustery and misting when we got there…And then sunshine.  Originally a Neolithic site, this was an Iron Age hill fort and then the first location of Salibury.  The first Salisbury Cathedral was built here.

Outline of the original Salisbury Cathedral at Old Sarum, seen from the ruined fortress walls. (Click image to enlarge)

5.  Outline of the original Salisbury Cathedral at Old Sarum, seen from the ruined fortress walls.
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Stonehenge

Blustery, but sunny…

Stonehenge (Click image to enlarge)

6.  Stonehenge (Click image to enlarge)
Avebury

Something you won’t see on most tours…A neolithic henge monument consisting of three circles, one of which is the largest in Europe — about 1400 feet in diameter.

A portion of the Avebury Circle, including two gate stones. (Click on image to enlarge)

7.  A portion of the Avebury Circle, including two gate stones.
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8.  Panoramic of Stonehenge. (Click image to enlarge)

8. Panoramic of Stonehenge.
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Photo Notes:
  1. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 18mm | ISO 3200 | 1/9 | f/5.6
  2. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 28.9mm | ISO 1600 | 1/20 | f/5
  3. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 18mm | ISO 3200 | 1/15 | f/4
  4. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 39mm | ISO 800 | 1/75 | f/5.6
  5. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 22.3mm | ISO 800 | 1/220 | f/8
  6. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 37.4mm | ISO 200 | 1/600 | f/6.4
  7. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 35.8mm | ISO 400 | 1/340 | f/9
  8. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 23.3mm | ISO 200 | 1/500 | f/8

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