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    anonymous
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    The moat is staggering, think Princess Bride and then multiply by like a gazillion or so.  8586599816_b6ef612bc4_b.jpgI was really entranced by the stones used in the structure.8585486957_5504b5e4e7_b.jpgThis was the original courtyard palace with the main entrance being the narrow corridor (next image) on the left.In the days of use, this would have been as far as any visitor would have been able to go in the castle, unless they were of greater priviledge.8585469175_46c653cda0_b.jpgA narrow passageway: you can imagine it was not forgiving to invaders.  This entire castle screams fortress for defense, instead of residence of royalty.8586579514_78c3b6edff_b.jpgThis perimeter encircles the entire structure and I presume it would have been used as a footpath for guards and lookouts?  You can see to the left of the image how the moat encloses the structure which sits very high on a hill that I read was believed to have been man made.  It's absolutely staggering the engineering at work here.8585418239_aee1f76826_b.jpgOne of the most solid areas, though I could not locate a means of entering to explore the room itself.  It appeared to have an actual intact roof, made of the stone material.  I question if it were not some sort of strong hold room.8586494542_564c0df79c_b.jpgNotice the spiral stairs are uneven.  This was to slow down invading enemies.8585457373_7536a7d9c2_b.jpgThe room that holds the staircase (previous image) is incredibly narrow, which would have also limited the number of invaders able to storm the stairs, clustering them with little room to escape - perfect for defense.8585454809_a97c4aa701_b.jpgThe royal toilets.  The waste was dropped to the bottom of the pit and the chosen janitor would be hoisted down on a pulley system to scoop the waste into a pail and dump it into the moat, repeatedly. (Insert bad puns about crappy jobs here.)8586549258_eca10ba7ba_b.jpgThe Chapel of St Margaret, which sits down the hill from the castle, may have been for servants and the garrison. 8585431861_1390145cd4_b.jpgThe Chapel of St Margaret, the far end against the wall is thought to have been an altar of sorts.8585437283_19686f4354_b.jpgThis is all that remains of the old Cathedral of Old Sarum, originally constructed in 1075.8585434959_a05b4717e0_b.jpgFrom the church looking up to the castle.8586522228_7175934de0_b.jpgThis is the city of Salisbury as seen from Old Sarum.8586485860_4e5aa66d44_b.jpg

  • #20577

    anonymous
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    And here's one of Old Sarum from the Salisbury Cathedral Tower…

  • #20578

    anonymous
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    Very neat Matt!  I wish I'd went to the cathedral but instead we decided on Avebury for the rest of our day.

  • #30925

    Matthew Seutter
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    When we approached Old Sarum, my Dad and I were in awe! Google maps had sent us in from around back, so when we got to the top Salisbury was a real treat to view. Thanks for the memory!

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