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Salisbury sits at the confluence of five rivers the Nadder, Ebble, Wylye and Bourne are all tributaries to the Avon which flows to the south coast. In 1220 the City of New Sarum now known as Salisbury, was founded on a great meadow called ‘Myrifield’. The cathedral was started in 1221 and the main body was completed in 38 years and is a masterpiece of early English architecture. The spire was built later and is the tallest in the UK. The Cathedral contains the best preserved of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta and the 1386 mechanical clock is the oldest in Britain.
Salisbury railway station serves the City and is the crossing point between the West of England main line and the Wessex mainline making it a regional interchange. Waterloo is within 90 minutes. The main transport links for the City are the roads as it lies on the intersection of the A30 the A36 and the A338 and is at the end of the A343, A345, A354 and A360. Car parks around the periphery are linked to the City centre by a park and ride scheme.
Salisbury holds a market on Tuesday and Saturdays and has done so since 1227. The market now combines with large and small specialist shops in addition to national chains of shops and restaurants.
Salisbury has a buzzing arts scene and was an important centre for music in the eighteenth century where Handel wrote a number of his works. The City has a strong artistic community and in the eighteenth century John Constable made a number of celebrated paintings of the meadows and the Cathedral. Salisbury’s annual international Arts Festival was started in 1973 and Salisbury Playhouse produces between eight and ten plays a year as well as welcoming touring productions. The Chalke Valley History Festival which was established in 2011 is now the largest in Britain dedicated entirely to history.
Salisbury has a number of well regarded schools which include the Bishop Wordsworth and South Wilts Grammar Schools. There is also a wide selection of private schools which include Leaden Hall, The Cathedral School, Chafyn Grove and the Godolphin School.
The Cathedral City of Salisbury has been described as the City in the countryside and has recently been declared one of “Lonely Planets” top ten Cities for 2015.
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