GEOLOGY GROUP VISIT SALISBURY CATHEDRAL

Members of a local geology group, which is part of Crewkerne & District U3A, were divided into three parties and taken on guided tours, when they visited Salisbury Cathedral. Architectural features both ancient and modern were pointed out at the historical building, which dates back to 1258. One of the most striking features is the cruciform shaped font, which is like an infinity pool, providing a mirror to view the splendid roof vaulting overhead. The font with a base clad in Purbeck stone was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2008.

Salisbury Cathedral was originally built in the Early English style on marshland and even today, the water is not far below ground. Member of the U3A’s geology group, Liz Randall said: “We were shown how close the floor is to groundwater by dipping a stick in a hole in the cathedral floor. While the guides were not expert in geology, they supplied us with the basics and wove good stories around the cathedral’s main historical events.”

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