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History

The first Salisbury Cathedral was completed at Old Sarum in 1092 under Osmund, the first Bishop of Salisbury. The Domesday Book is thought to have been presented to William the Conqueror at Old Sarum a few years earlier, in 1086. Disputes with the military and scare water supplies led to an alternative location being sought and in 1220 a new site for the Cathedral was consecrated at New Sarum.

In this section of the website you can trace the major events of this Cathedral's history since, from the first phase of building, through the adding of the spire, via medieval upheaval, Reformation and Restoration to the reorderings of the 18th and 19th centuries and the Major Repair of the late 20th century. There is also the chance to find out more about the Sarum Rite, a form of liturgy developedin Salisbury which influenced English worship from the Middle Ages to the Reformation.

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The new intake of volunteer guides at Salisbury Cathedral 2014
Becoming a Cathedral Guide involves much more than simply being able to regurgitate a series of...More
Portrait of J S Bach
An undoubtable highlight of Holy Week in our Cathedral this year will be Bach's St John Passion...More