Sarum started life as a huge Iron Age hillfort and subsequently
saw occupation by the Romans, Saxons and later the Normans.
Today, the site, which lies to the north of Salisbury, boasts
the ruins of a bishop's palace, cathedral and castle and its
position offers some impressive views of the south Wiltshire
well as its commanding position, some suggest that another
reason for Old Sarum's occupation was due to the earth
energies that run through the site.
have demonstrated that a strong, powerful leyline runs
from Stonehenge, through Old Sarum, Salisbury Cathedral
and on to Clearbury Ring.
original cathedral at Old Sarum is reputedly built on the
boundaries of three Anglo-Saxon hundreds (administrative areas),
which some say were laid out as a result of energies detected
beneath the site.
is also said that new Sarum's street layout mirrors these
lines of energy - coincidence or 'divine' intervention?
lying on this ley, and to the south of Old Sarum, is the site
of the Parliament Tree, under which elections were held for
the Rotten Borough of Old Sarum.
until 1832, Old Sarum consisted of only three properties and
only 31 people had the vote - but until the 1832 Reform Act,
the 'borough' was still entitled to elect a Member of Parliament.
Doomsday Book was partly written at Old Sarum, where, upon
the book's completion, William the Conqueror summoned England's
land owners to declare their allegiance.
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Think of why these people in history built a castle at old sarum. Here are some maybe you can add some more: In the Salisbury area there was not a castle already built near by.
If you build it on a hill you can see everywhere.
There is a river near by which would have had fish and water in it (ECT).
Fields surrounding the castle/hillfort are empty which makes room for development.
Roman roads were near by which meant easy travel and they could keep an eye on who was travelling on the roads.
Because it was built on a hill it was hard for enemies to get at them because it would have been hard clambering up a hill while having arrows fired at you!
Please add some more reasons to build a castle/hillfort at old sarum at the time.
John E. Parfect
I lived in Salisbury in the early 50s on Assisi Rd.and we had a fine view of Old Sarum & the Rings. In the mid 50s I ran x-country for Salisbury & District A/C,using the Old Sarum Rings to start and finish a race. At no time did I have an inkling as to the great historic importance of Old Sarum,and "yes" I'm Sure I picked up some of the earts energies that you say,"run thru the site"I now live in Canada, and not a single day goes by that Wiltshire and in particular Salisbury/Old Sarum, are not in my thoughts. You don't realize what a wonderful place it is until you're too far away to really appreciate it.
Leylines oh come on!! I expected better!
you don't need to dowse to find the leys, just go up at night and *look*
I have been studying Old Sarum since September 2004 for my GCSE coursework and I have learnt how beautiful this place is. Its hard to imagine what Old Sarum was like 5000 years ago but from what i've learnt there was a lot of friction between the church and goverment, the general public took sides and there was a civil war. Old Sarum is an important place for history.
It's a good programe
but it doesn't tell you were the doomsday book is
I think you should because my teacher gave us homework to find out were the book is and what it is + who wrote it
grew up under the shadow of Old Sarum - it has always been
a place of great mystery and as a young boy it was a great
place to play. Now I don't live there everytime I travel to
Salisbury I travel down the old Roman road from London (from
the village of Ford). It's an imposing site as I top the hill
from Ford. Interestingly I live in a place that has a memorial
stone marking the passage of the Roman road from London to
the South West (now commonly known as the A30), but this stone
mentions Sorviodunum (Old Sarum) ! Enjoy, the Stonehenge environ
is huge and wonderful....."step straight, high and slowly
fore you tred the path of the elders past."
to find it
Sarum lies one-and-a-half miles to the north of Salisbury,
off the A345 to Amesbury.
to see Multimap location
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