Salisbury Cathedral is a leading example of Early English architecture completed in 1258. It has the tallest spire in the UK and the largest cloister. Our tour will include a clock which is among the oldest working examples in the world and the best surviving of the four original copies of Magna Carta. The Rifles Museum tour will comprise separate tours of the Grade II* house and the collection of artefacts from the Royal Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiments. The original building was constructed in 1254 and rebuilt in the 15th century when it was used to store the Bishop's robes, hence its name "The Wardrobe". Grade II* Arundells was the former home of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath. Our extensive tour will include the house, garden and exhibition with paintings by Churchill and Sargent, Chinese ceramics from Chairman Mao, Lloyd George's writing desk and memorabilia from Nixon and Castro. The day concludes with a visit to Grade I Mompesson House with an introductory talk and free-flow tour. The house was constructed for Sir Thomas Mompesson, MP for Salisbury at the end of the 17th century and the house reflects the classic Queen Anne style of that period with Chilmark stone facing. To the right of the main house stands the brick-built service building which was constructed on the site of the old Eagle Inn that closed in 1625. Thomas's son Charles completed the building in 1701 and is depicted on the heads of the water downpipes.
£50 including two-course cold buffet lunch with tea/coffee served in the Regimental Room at The Wardrobe. N.B. Non-NT members will be required to pay an additional £7.50 for entry to Mompesson House
Booking opens on 2 March at 9.00 am
Photo ©Mike Searle / Houses of The Close: no. 59, Arundells