Thursday, April 30, 2015

Old Sarum

Old Sarum in Salisbury is an ancient Stone Age hill fort just 20 minutes from Stonehenge. The site was used by the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons, but was markedly changed by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest. He had an inner fort and moat constructed as a strategic stronghold in the area. Subsequent construction of a keep and a cathedral by English kings have added to the significance of the area. Much like Stonehenge, one can best appreciate the scale of the place when viewed from above. That being said, we were overawed by the size and emmence history of the place perhaps even more than Stonehenge.

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