Plans for Salisbury 2020: City on the move, a year-long programme of events and activities marking the 800th anniversary of the laying of Salisbury Cathedral’s first foundation stone and the development of Salisbury, have been announced.
The story behind the anniversary begins in the early 1220s when Bishop Richard Poore, the medieval bishop of Salisbury, moved the cathedral and its community from Old Sarum to its present site.
Driven by the need to access fresh water, and desperate to escape bad weather, royal supervision and regular harassment by soldiers stationed at Old Sarum Castle, his actions changed the community and landscape of South Wiltshire forever.
By April 1220 the foundation stones for what was to become an iconic national landmark were laid and expansion of the city we know and love begun.
The anniversary programme is themed around movement with three ‘pillars’ or key areas of activity:
Anyone wishing to receive information about how to get involved with Salisbury 2020 can sign up via the Cathedral website.