Salisbury Cathedral Sanctuary

Nothing could have prepared me for this incredible view of the cathedral interior.  I had my camera resting on my bean bag on the baptismal font and took two pictures -- one looking down and one upwards. What you see is the stitch of the two done by my ArcSoft  software distributed with my Nikon. When it works, it produces spectacular results.
This is a closer look at the sanctuary with the quire stalls.
This claims to be the oldest working clock in the world. It used to run the great bell every hour. It never had hands.
The organ -- as seen from the quire. The choir sits in the quire.

These were Sir Thomas and Lady Gorges; their descendants founded the state of Maine.

Some nice stained glass windows.
Finally, we are starting the tour of the tower. This is a model of the chapel. 
Note the wheel in the center -- we will be seeing the real thing.
These are medieval stained glass windows. Double glazed, no less. You can see the outside borders very faintly through the white inside.
Looking up, see the wooden beams of the roof. 

The gentleman on the left is our tour guide.

This huge bell rings the hour. We were near here for the Gong.

The diagram to the right is a graphic illustration of the upper tower. We will climb up to the viewing platform to see Salisbury from the tower. The pictures below will be annotated only if we can identify specific landmarks. Otherwise, simply enjoy.

Mompesson house on the right. 

A 14th century Porch shrapnel museum. 
Another view of the cloister -- from above. The stones are graves.
The red door of our B&B is just visible above the orange roofed house. Our red car is hidden by that house.
A view of one of the North transom. 
Not a clock, but a gauge showing the wind speed at the top of the tower.

This shows the ceiling as seen from the quire.





This is a Sneltzer organ.

This is Trinity Chapel -- the alter looks like a city.
Another view of the cloister, not from the inside of the cathedral, but I must have seen this when I took a side trip to the loo.
The main sanctuary from halfway up.
This looks down from above the ceiling of the main sanctuary.
These metal braces are of a more recent vintage.

More braces.

As the sign says, from here on up, one can only go under special supervision.
Army museum on the right. Left on the pic is Ted Heath's (former Prime Minister) house. A close up of the comes later.
The rectangle on the grass is the old bell tower spot. Below is a telephoto of that rectangle.
Steeple above is St. Thomas Paris Church of Salisbury. Below is a telephoto of same.

This is a stitch of two pictures showing Ted Heath's home on the left and much of Salisbury on the right.

Close up of Ted Heath's house. He was our first prime minister in 1970. Skipped Margaret Thatcher's regime, but returned for John Major in 1991.

The structure right in the center was our dinner restaurant.

Ariel view of Old Sarum -- hill top right of picture. After seeing this from way above, we were determined to visit the site on the way to East Sussex that afternoon.
Left,  a reminder of the tower where we took all these pictures.

The final page of this tour is a visit of OLD SARUM where the original inhabitants of this area lived and a short visit with Brian and Joan Webber in East Sussex.