History of Art visit Salisbury Cathedral

Florence Kirkham writes about the Lower Sixth History of Art trip to Salisbury Cathedral earlier this month:

‘On Friday 3rd February the Lower Sixth Art Historians, Miss Schofield, and Richard Siddons (usually to be found in the ceramics department, but taking on the brave task of driving a bus full of girls for a couple of hours) ventured down to Salisbury on a typically wet afternoon.

Driving in to the Cathedral Close, we were met by the highly decorated and magnificent West-face of the Cathedral as well as the towering spire, which encompasses the High Gothic style that was so apparent in Medieval Britain. When entering the Cathedral we were to a person immediately awestruck by the vast magnitude of the building and its ornate detail. The beautifully painted stained glass windows added an ethereal beauty to the already celestial atmosphere that surrounded us.

We spent part of our visit having our knowledge of English Gothic tested, from identifying crocketed pinnacles to learning about the construction of Salisbury itself. After lunch, we climbed the famed spire, which towers 123 metres up into the sky and offers incredible panoramic views that made the ascent all-the-more worthwhile.

We have all come back with a much deeper appreciation for the amount of effort put into creating such an impressive example of British architecture.’

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