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Literature, film and art

The Cathedral is featured in a number of famous novels, TV programmes and artworks.

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Literature, film and art

Here are some of the best-known novels in which the Cathedral is featured, either explicitly or as a fictional place:

  • The Spire by William Golding
  • Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd
  • Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke
  • The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follett
  • Barchester Chronicles by Anthony Trollope
  • Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

On screen, it is featured in:

  • The Pillars of the Earth, a 2010 miniseries based on Follett’s novel
  • Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle, a 2005 BBC television drama
  • Don’t Look Down!, a BBC2 documentary series from 2000
  • Time Team, a February 2009 episode of the Channel 4 series

When it comes to art, Salisbury Cathedral was a source of great inspiration for John Constable. Aside from his birthplace in Suffolk, Salisbury was the place he depicted most in his art. His well-known paintings include Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Ground (c.1825) and Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831), which he considered to be his best work.