Monday, 5 November 2012

Salisbury Cathedral Close

Saturday morning in Cathdral Close in Salisbury, across which P and I walked to begin rehearsals of Bob Chilcott's "Requiem" in the Methodist Church.   It was a crisp, whispy cloud morning, sparkly bright but very cold. 
The name derives from James Everard Arundel, son of the 6th Lord Arundel of Wardour who married Ann, the daughter of John Wyndham, and who was given the house as a wedding present.
The house was once the home of Sir Edward Heath, a former British prime minister, who came to live here in 1985.  In the thirteenth century "Arundells" was a Medieval Canonry, and was later used by Henry of Blunston, Archdeacon of Dorset, who died in 1316.   From the mid-1550s the house was leased by the Dean and Chapter to lay tenants.  Much of the current house's appearance is due to John Wyndham who lived there between 1718 and 1750.  After a period neglect, when demolition was considered, "Arundells" was renovated and refurbished in the 1960s
Morning sunshine over the spire.

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