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City living (in a rural city)

History, as with all things, is cyclical and now appears to be repeating itself, as people return to city life. The modern town of Salisbury began around 1217 when the Bishop decided to move his seat to land owned by the church south of the hill, creating a new town on the plain. The Bishop laid out streets in a grid pattern and leased plots of land for building houses. So by1219 Salisbury had a market and an annual fair. Situated on the road from Wilton to Southampton, Salisbury was also on the road from London to Exeter and thrived as a result. The main Medieval industry was making wool cloth, which also benefited from the connections to the coastal ports. Work on Salisbury Cathedral began in 1220 and continued until 1258. The tower and spire were added in 1334. Salisbury's success has been as much about its progress, as it has it staying the same. Althoughthe wool industry slowly declined in the seventeenth century,there were some improvements in Georgian Salisbury, which give the city much of the character we know today. The countryside is undeniably lovely but dependence on the car and the attractions of the city, be they cultural, social or schools - are becoming hard to beat. Particularly in a city with so many green spaces. Recent trends have seen strong interest in houses with lifestyle potential. From 'live : work' opportunities, through large, elegant townhouses to small but perfectly formed cottages, everyone, it seems wants to live in Salisbury. Another change in house buying fashion is the 'forever house' where families look to future proof their requirements, and return to a more gentle time where children can grow up in and later and return to the family home, as a constant. Downsizing is also very popular in the city, with level streets providing conceivably every need. Salisbury also has two grammar schools, along with a good choice in both sectors. The city, it seems, has everything. According to Lonely Planet, which voted Salisbury the only UK city in its Best in Travel 2015 ;"Centred on a majestic cathedral that's topped by the tallest spire in England, the gracious city of Salisbury makes a charming base from which to discover the rest of Wiltshire. It's been an important provincial city for more than a thousand years, and its streets form an architectural timeline ranging from medieval walls and half-timbered Tudor town houses to Georgian mansions and Victorian villas. Salisbury is also a lively, modern town, boasting plenty of bars, restaurants and terraced cafes, as well as a concentrated cluster of excellent museums." Salisbury also is home to the best preserved copy of the Magna Carta, held in the Cathedral's Chapter House. The 'Great Charter' was signed 800 years ago and will form much of the celebrations of this exciting and historic year for the city. So 2015, it seems, is no different to any other remarkable year in Salisbury's history, where "The only thing that is constant is change". Winkworth Salisbury      

History, as with all things, is cyclical and now appears to be repeating itself, as people return to city life.

The modern town of Salisbury began around 1217 when the Bishop decided to move his seat to land owned by the church south of the hill, creating a new town on the plain. The Bishop laid out streets in a grid pattern and leased plots of land for building houses. So by1219 Salisbury had a market and an annual fair.

Situated on the road from Wilton to Southampton, Salisbury was also on the road from London to Exeter and thrived as a result. The main Medieval industry was making wool cloth, which also benefited from the connections to the coastal ports. Work on Salisbury Cathedral began in 1220 and continued until 1258. The tower and spire were added in 1334.

Salisbury's success has been as much about its progress, as it has it staying the same. Althoughthe wool industry slowly declined in the seventeenth century,there were some improvements in Georgian Salisbury, which give the city much of the character we know today.

The countryside is undeniably lovely but dependence on the car and the attractions of the city, be they cultural, social or schools - are becoming hard to beat. Particularly in a city with so many green spaces.

Recent trends have seen strong interest in houses with lifestyle potential. From 'live : work' opportunities, through large, elegant townhouses to small but perfectly formed cottages, everyone, it seems wants to live in Salisbury.

25 St Ann Street front view-5

Another change in house buying fashion is the 'forever house' where families look to future proof their requirements, and return to a more gentle time where children can grow up in and later and return to the family home, as a constant.

Downsizing is also very popular in the city, with level streets providing conceivably every need.

Salisbury also has two grammar schools, along with a good choice in both sectors.

The city, it seems, has everything. According to Lonely Planet, which voted Salisbury the only UK city in its Best in Travel 2015 ;"Centred on a majestic cathedral that's topped by the tallest spire in England, the gracious city of Salisbury makes a charming base from which to discover the rest of Wiltshire. It's been an important provincial city for more than a thousand years, and its streets form an architectural timeline ranging from medieval walls and half-timbered Tudor town houses to Georgian mansions and Victorian villas. Salisbury is also a lively, modern town, boasting plenty of bars, restaurants and terraced cafes, as well as a concentrated cluster of excellent museums."

Salisbury also is home to the best preserved copy of the Magna Carta, held in the Cathedral's Chapter House. The 'Great Charter' was signed 800 years ago and will form much of the celebrations of this exciting and historic year for the city.

So 2015, it seems, is no different to any other remarkable year in Salisbury's history, where "The only thing that is constant is change".

Winkworth Salisbury

 

 

 

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