Salisbury Cathedral Close is renowned throughout the world. Within a sweep of the River Avon, the Close is bounded on the other three sides by ancient walls of Chilmark stone. At 80 acres – eight of which are lawn – the Close around Salisbury Cathedral is the largest in Britain and reflects architectural styles from the 13th through to the 20th Century. Originally built for Canons of the Cathedral, plots remodelled over the centuries are today occupied by museums, religious and educational bodies and private residences.
Celebrated by the artist John Constable, the special character of the Close derives in part from the contrast between the more ‘urban’ north section, where many of the elegant Georgian exteriors conceal housing constructed in earlier centuries, and the more rural southern end where there are cottages flanked by trees, hedges and green lawns.