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A. Inventories of buildings and their contents at Salisbury by the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England:


Ancient and Historical Monuments in the City of Salisbury, I (London: Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England, 1980).

Contains an inventory of buildings from the Norman Conquest to 1850 beginning with an historical summary followed by a chapter on Old Sarum castle, cathedral and borough. The churches of St. Thomas, St. Martin and St. Edmund and others begin the inventory which proceeds to catalogue buildings according to streets and chequers. Illustrated.


Salisbury The Houses of the Close (London: Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England, 1993).

Clear introduction recapitulates information presented in Vol. I, 1980, then discusses the occupants of the Close and general features of the buildings. A detailed inventory of individual buildings follows. Illustrations and plans are integrated with the text.


Thomas Cocke and Peter Kidson, Salisbury Cathedral perspectives on the Architectural History (London: Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England, 1993).

"Historical Summary" by Thomas Cocke summarizes the early years of building then chronicles the changes made to the cathedral from 1220 to the 1980's. In "The Historical Circumstances and the Principles of the Design" Peter Kidson provides his own interpretation of some of the information provided by Cocke and goes on to discuss the underlying mathematical system of the design. Handsome black and white illustrations. Fold-out plan of the cathedral - the most accurate to date. The plan is indispensible.

Cathedral furnishings:

Sarah Brown, Sumptuous and richly adorn'd: the decoration of Salisbury Cathedral (London: Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England, 1999).

The final volume on the cathedral includes sepulchral monuments, church fittings, glass and tiles.

Available from:
HMSO Publication Centre
PO Box 276
London, SW8 5DT England
Fax orders: 0-11-44-171-873-8200

B. Architecture: description, inventory, terms:

Tim Ayers, ed., Salisbury Cathedral: The West Front. A History and Study in Conservation (Chichester, England: Phillimore and Co., Ltd., 2000).

Nikolaus Pevsner, Wiltshire , from The Buildings of England (Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books Ltd., 1975).

Nikolaus Pevsner and John Fleming, eds., The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture (Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books Ltd., 1991).

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C. Conference articles by notable scholars:

Laurence Keen and Thomas Cocke, eds., “Medieval Art and Architecture at Salisbury Cathedral.” The British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, XVII.

Contains a small version of the RCHME plan of the cathedral. Twelve articles include Diana Greenway on St. Osmund, Gavin Simpson on dendrochronological evidence, Peter Draper and Virginia Jansen on cathedral architecture, M.F. Hearn and Lee Willis on the Lady Chapel, Richard Morris on buttressing, Tim Tatton-Brown on the spire, Pamel Blum on sculpture in the chapter house, James King on sculpture at Old Sarum, Freda Anderson on tomb-slabs, Christopher Norton on pavements and Richard Marks on stained glass.

Available from:
W.S. Maney and Son Limited
Hudson Road
Leeds LS9 7DL England

D. Studies by Dr. Pamela Blum:

Pamela Z. Blum, “The Middle English romance, ‘Iacob and Iosep,’ and the Joseph cycle of the Salisbury chapter house.” Gesta, 8(1969): 18-34.

Pamela Z. Blum, The Salisbury chapter-house and its Old Testament cycle: An archeological and iconographical study (U.M.I. 8121401, 1979).

Ph.D. dissertation, Yale University

Pamela Z. Blum, “Liturgical influences on the design of the west front at Wells and Salisbury.” Gesta, 25: 145-150.

Pamela Z. Blum, “The Sequence of the Building Campaigns at Salisbury.” Art Bulletin, LXXIII(1991): 6-37.

Pamela Z. Blum, “The sculptures of the Salisbury chapter house.” BAA Conference Transactions, 17(1991): 68-78.

Pamela Z. Blum, “Thirteenth-Century Glass of the Salisbury Chapter House.” Gesta, 37(1998): 142-149.

E. My article on tombs:

Marion Roberts, “The Tomb of Giles de Bridport in Salisbury Cathedral.” Art Bulletin, LXV(1983): 559-586.

F. Old Sarum:

Derek Renn, Old Sarum (London: English Heritage, 1994).

Pamphlet with interesting reconstruction views by Peter Dunn of the appearance of the hill fort, the castle and the cathedral. Bibliography for further reading.

Available from:
English Heritage
23 Savile Row
London W1X 1AB England

G. History of the County of Wiltshire:

The Religious Houses of Wiltshire, from Victoria History of the County of Wiltshire, III (Dawson Publishing, 1956).

Contains chapters on ecclesiastical history from 1087 to 1956, Roman Catholicism and Protestant Nonconformity, along with individual chapters on the cathedral, abbeys, priories, friaries, hospitals and colleges in Wiltshire. Substance is mainly documentary history. Excellent source book. Few illustrations.

Victoria History of the County of Wiltshire, VI (Dawson Publishing, 1962).

Chapters on the Borough of Wilton, Old Salisbury and the city of new Salisbury including entries on the Liberty of the Close, the parishes of St. Martin, St. Thomas and St. Edmund, the market, bridges, mills, relations with the bishop, city government, markets and fairs, etc. etc.

A History of Wiltshire, 15 volumes to date. (Victoria History of the Counties of England.) Invaluable scholarly historical survey that should be available in most university libraries. Volumes published for the University of London Institute of Historical Research by Oxford University Press which distributed new volumes for 2 years, then by Dawson Publishing.
Dawson Publishing
Cannon House
Folkestone, Kent