Posts Tagged ‘Salisbury Cathedral’

The walking Madonna by Elisabeth Frink was initially installed as a temporary exhibit in October 1981 on the lawns just outside Salisbury cathedral but remains there nearly 40 years later.

She is shown walking purposefully away from the cathedral ‘moving out from the worship to where human needs are to be met, not just in Salisbury, but in the whole world’ as the then Dean of Salisbury commented.

At the end of the 12th century, relations between the military and the clergy, whose cathedral church was sited within the castle defences, at Sarum, just north of the city were bad. So early in the 13th century the clergy decided to move to a new site in the river valley a few miles to the south. The foundation stone was laid in April 1220 and the cathedral buildings were finished by 1260. The iconic tower and spire were added in the 14th century – when the spire at Lincoln cathedral collapsed in 1549, it became the tallest spire in the country. However, it has taken a lot of rebuilding work over the centuries to prevent it from going the way of many of its contemporaries and collapsing.