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Published Histories of the Cathedral

The following are a selection of histories of Salisbury Cathedral published from the 18th century onwards.  Most are now out of print but are available to read in our library by appointment.


  • A Series of Particular and Useful Observation Made with Great Diligence and Care, Upon that Admirable Structure, the Cathedral-Church of Salisbury, Francis Price 1753, facsimile edition published by Salisbury & Stonehenge Edition Facsimilies, 1997
  • A Dissertation on The Modern Style of Altering Ancient Cathedrals as exemplified in The Cathedral Church of Salisbury, John Milner, 1798
  • An Historical Account of the Episcopal See and Cathedral Church of Sarum or Salisbury: comprising biographical notices of the bishops: the history of the establishment from the earliest period and a description of the monuments, William Dodsworth 1814 (drawings by F Nash)
  • The History and Antiquities of the Cathedral Church of Salisbury Illustrated with A Series of Engravings of Views, Elevations, Plans and Details of that Edifice also etchings of the ancient monuments and sculpture: including biographical anecdotes of the Bishops and of other eminent persons connected with the church, John Britton, 1814 
  • Salisbury Cathedral, from the Victoria History of Wiltshire, Kathleen Edwards, reprinted by the Wiltshire County Council Library and Museum Service, 1986
  • Salisbury Cathedral, Roy Spring, 1987
  • Salisbury Cathedral Perspectives on the Architectural History, Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1993
  • Salisbury, The Houses of the Close, Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1993
  • Sumptuous and Richley Adorn'd The Decoration of Salisbury Cathedral, Royal Commission on the Historial Manuments of England, 1999
  • Salisbury Cathedral, The West Front, A History and Study in Conservation, edited by Tim Ayers, Phillimore, 2000
  • Salisbury Cathedral: The Making of a Medieval Masterpiece, Tim Tatton Brown, Scala Publishers Ltd, 2009 (available to puchase from the Cathedral gift shop).