I came to Salisbury to talk in the Cathedral, but took the opportunity of walking through the post-Novichok city and enjoying the fine early eighteenth-century houses in the Cathedral Close.

I started down Fisherton Street where the gaol was in the foot of the Victorian clock tower:-

Steynings in Crane Street is suffering from decay:-

Through into the Close, past the College of Matrons, founded by Seth Ward when Bishop of Salisbury in 1683:-

Mompesson House, built for Sir Thomas Mompesson, the MP for Salisbury, was closed:-

Arundells, where Ted Heath lived, was also closed (it looks as if I had too much sherry for lunch):-

Myles Place (1718), an amazingly grand piece of English baroque:-

And the Walton Canonry next door:-


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