|A well in Wells|
|Gateway to cathedral complex|
|The famous scissor arches|
|Seats in the chapter house, labeled by job|
|Stairs to the chapter house (seen from top)|
|The quire, with some pretty great embroidery|
Then we hit the road again, in the rain. Our destination was Salisbury, but we took a little detour to a town called Wincanton. Wincanton's claim to fame is that it is sister city to Ankh-Morpork--the fictional Discworld city. We hoped to find the Discworld Emporium (& Embassy) and have a look around. Fiona, the sat-nav, was invaluable.
By the time we got there, the rain was coming down pretty good. We parked in a convenient grocery store lot and thought we would stock up on snacks while we hoped the rain would abate a little. Pretty soon it was pouring! As soon as it slacked off a little, we ran to the Discworld Emporium, around the corner and down the street a little. We found it all right, but it was closed--not too surprising for a Sunday, but still, we had hoped.
|So much cool stuff in the windows!|
|I wanted a Librarian.|
|Soggy but cheery?|
By the time we got back to the car, we were pretty soaked, and we drove off to Salisbury, arriving around 3pm. We rested a little but didn't want to waste our time hanging out in a hotel room...
so we grabbed some sandwiches and headed out to Old Sarum for a picnic dinner and some fresh air. By then the weather had cleared up nicely, and we had a lovely time. Old Sarum consists of a Neolithic ringfort with a second ringfort inside. The center part contains a ruined castle and has regular opening hours; of course, being Sunday evening, it was closed. We only hoped to be able to get to the outer part, which I hoped was still publicly accessible as it was in 1996. Happy day, it was! People were walking their dogs and generally enjoying the evening, and we joined them. There are the ruined foundations of the original cathedral, which was demolished and moved to Salisbury in 1226.
We also did a bit of explaining about how Old Sarum was a rotten borough for a long time, which made me thing of DWJ's Merlin Conspiracy.
|With the central ringfort behind them|
|What's left of cathedral walls, with some marked out in dirt|
|I think this was once the crypt?|
|Zoom shot of the cathedral|
|Looking towards the country|
|Looking towards Salisbury|