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SALISBURY, THE CATHEDRAL WHICH WAS TRANSPLANTED TO A NEW SITE

SALISBURY, THE CATHEDRAL WHICH WAS TRANSPLANTED TO A NEW SITE

Except for the spire, Salisbury Cathedral was built as a whole to a uniform design, and in this respect it is unique among the English cathedrals. In 1705 the bishopric of Sherborne was transferred to Old Sarum. But friction between clergy and military caused one of the bishops, Richard Poore, to carry out the astonishing project of taking down his cathedral and transplanting it, walls, bishop and all, to an entirely new site. The rebuilding was complete in under forty years, 1219-58, with the exception of the tower and the spire, added about 1320.

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