We visited “Old Sarum” this morning. Sarum was first inhabited roughly five thousand years ago, and it is the mother settlement to Salisbury itself, which sits about two miles away. It was a Roman center, was besieged by Vikings, and eventually was chosen as the site of a castle for Edward I. Eleanor of Aquitaine was held captive there. (Think Katherine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter.) In the photo above, you can clearly see the moat immediately around the central settlement. You can also see part of the much larger exterior moat. Both are very impressive.
We then headed down toward Southhampton, to Romsey, a town in Hampshire from which my Knight family progenitors, my oldest ancestral Mormon line, came. We visited Romsey Abbey, a mid-twelfth-century Norman structure built originally to serve a nunnery there dating from the 900s.
Afterwards, we drove back up to Oxford, where we spent a couple of hours in the marvelous Ashmolean Museum (a wonderful collection focused on archaeology and art) and then walked in and around the core of the University, through the extensive parks connected with Christ Church College, and so forth.
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