"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)



Salisbury, quite apart from its tall spire and ancient clockalso claims a record for Britain’s largest cloistered quadrangle: 
A slightly odd achievement for this beautiful medieval cathedral, which never housed a monastery.



Rather than being designed as the enclosed walk for a “cloistered” religious community, it seems to have served the purpose of housing clergy and choir when they assembled prior to processional entrance into the cathedral. 


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An eloquent testament to the grace of Gothic architecture and spiritual aspirations.


Pictures taken in the cloisters of Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, UK.

6 responses

  1. Lovely picture- that makes me wanna see it even more than before

    June 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    • Come! You won’t be disappointed…

      June 13, 2011 at 10:36 pm

  2. You’ve captured some truly remarkable echoes …

    June 13, 2011 at 4:43 am

    • “Echoes…”
      What a good term for what’s experienced in these ancient places.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:43 pm

  3. Toffeeapple

    I remember walking through those same cloisters on a very wet and windy day. The weather though, did not spoil my enjoyment of the architecture.

    June 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    • My day in the cathedral was sunny but cool – cool for what I’ve grown used to, I suppose!

      June 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

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