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Bletchingdon

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In the morning we went to see Salisbury Cathedral. It has the highest spire in the country. All around the outside are modern sculptures b Henry Moore. Salisbury's former name was Old Sarum. The cathedral is in the shape of a cross. The cathedral has an old medieval clock made about 1386 and is the oldest one still working in England. It is situated in the nave. The whole church is Gothic because it was built in 40 years while other cathedrals were built over hundreds of years. The chapel of St Stephen is really beautiful.. The sculpture is enormous and colourful. The cloisters were begun in 1270 and are the largest in England. They are very decorative. It is a beautiful church.

After we left Salisbury our next stop on the Salisbury Plains was at Stonehenge. There is an outer circle and an inner circle of which most is ruined. The boulders are enormous and would weigh tons. Nobody knows how prehistoric man bought them to this spot, stood them up and put them on top of each other is beyond our belief. Nobody knows what it was used for although a popular belief is it was used as a temple. It was really awesome.

We next stopped at a pub for lunch. The pub had a thatched roof. When we arrived in Bletchingly we at once went to our hotel as we had booked. The hotel was called the Whyte Hart Inn. It was built in 1388 and was the original home of Sir Francis Drake. In some of the rooms were old cracked oak beams. Where the ceiling met the wall was not a perfect straight line but was a bit crooked. It had a big garden out the back with beautiful flowers and lots of birds. It was lovely and old. We then went to have a look around the small village of Bletchingly. We looked inside the church of St Mary the Virgin. At the entrance of the church you walk through an original old door. It looks very old. At the back of the church are some old relics. There are old knives which were found in the castle moat and also a fragment of a German bomb which hit the castle. Inside the church an old hermit used to live. It was very interesting. We went back to the hotel, had dinner and went to bed.

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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