|The next morning we visited C18th Mompesson House, which was featured in the award winning film Sense and Sensibility - (One of my all-time favourite films! ;-))|
|On Tuesday, before returning home, we visited Salisbury Cathedral...|
And booked ourselves on a Tower Tour. The guided tour took over an hour and a half to complete and was very worthwhile. There were six of us on the tour, where we were taken behind the scenes of the fine architecture and elaborate decoration to appreciate how the cathedral was constructed and the measures that have been taken over the centuries to keep it standing!
|The first level is a balcony just above the huge arches that swamp the visitors below.|
|And eye to eye at stained glass level!|
|Then its up further to view the roof structure and the reverse side of the curved stone ceilings.|
|Onwards towards the tower and spire...which involves climbing several spiral staircases built in the 1930's.|
|Ancient graffiti scribed into the limestone can be seen throughout the tour...|
The small clear glass window sections at the top of the tower were engraved by visitors to the cathedral in the 1990's as a fundraiser...There are some lovely messages and dedications.
|A final glance up inside the spire...Then its out onto the parapets on each side of the tower for more far reaching views!|
|(Looking up to the top of the spire that no longer stands straight, and which often sways several inches in high winds! - Thankfully all was calm on Tuesday!)|