This evening we watched a video recording about Salisbury Cathedral. I visited it many years ago, whilst on holiday near Stourhead. With the tallest church spire in the Britain and the largest cloister in England, Salisbury is quite a feat of medieval workmanship. There is scaffolding and a huge windlass still in situ, in the tower, which would have been used for hoisting building stone. Like a giant hamster wheel, it could be operated by a person moving around inside a tread-wheel.
The cathedral also has a clock dating from at least 1386 (maybe even earlier), which is most likely the oldest known working clock. Originally situated in a bell tower that was demolished in 1792, it was repaired and restored in 1956.
Whilst looking for links for the cathedral, I came across an spooky little tale about a haunted pub in Salisbury, The Haunch of Venison. This present day pub and restaurant, with panelled walls and oak beams, dates from 1320, when it was a church house,but it became a brothel in the 1700’s and is reputed to have a couple of ghosts. One is The Grey Lady and the other is said to be The Demented Whist Player. For, several years ago, during renovation work, a secret alcove was found behind one of the pub’s old fireplaces. There workmen found a mummified hand holding several, yellowed, eighteenth-century playing cards. It is presumed that the owner of the hand was cheating at cards and was found out. The story goes that a butcher was summoned from the market across the road to chop off the cheat’s hand. That hand is on display in a glass case.