Salisbury At a Glance

Population: 115000
City Status Granted: 1220 County: Wiltshire
Country: England
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Local Gov. Website: Salisbury City Council


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Salisbury is situated in Wiltshire in southern England. The city has a history as far back as the iron age. During the Roman times the city was called "Sorviodunum". When the city was named “Searoburh”, in Saxon times, there was a great battle between the Britons and the West Saxons. After the Normans occupation of England, they built a castle here, it was called "Sarum". The castle site is now unpopulated and is called Old Sarum. It was here that the first cathedral was built in Salisbury, in 1075. However, when relations between military and clergy in the region deteriorated, the cathedral was re-sited. The new city, or New Sarum, was founded in 1220 and became what we now know as Salisbury. The cathedral also has the country’s largest spire at 404 feet.

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