A guide to the cathedral church of Salisbury

9781235804106: A guide to the cathedral church of Salisbury
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1792 Excerpt: ... PART II. "..'.. '..-.,.. ( i, An Acfsuftt of the Architecture of Salisbury CaThedral, Jeleftedfrom the Obfervations of Sir Christ Topher Wren and Mr. Price. "'-:-.:;;,!I!..1 J-f..1..: .,„-,......... .... JL HE-whole pile is large and magnificent, and may be juftly accounted one of the beft patterns ofarchiteclure in the age wherein it was built. The figure of it is a crofs, upon the interfection of which ftands a tower and fteeple of flone, as high from the foundation as the whole length of the nave, and founded upon four pillars and arches of the interfeclion. Between the fteeple and the eaft end is another croffing of the nave, which on the weft fide only has no aifles; the main body is fupported on pillars with aifles annexed, and buttrefles without the aifles, from whence arife bows, or flying buttrefles, to the walls of the nave, which are concealed within the timber-roof of the aifles. The roof is almoft as fharp as an equilateral triangle, made of fmall timber, after the ancient manner, without principal rafters. The whole Church is vaulted with with chalk between arches and crofs-fpringers only, after the ancient manner, without orbs and tracery, except under the tower, where the fpringers divide, and reprefent a fort of tracery;, this appears to have been a later work and executed by feme later hand; the judgment of the firft architect is juftly to be commended for many things beyond what we find in divers gothtc fabrics of later date,, which though more elaborate with nice and fmall works, yet want the natural beauty that arifes from proportion of the firft dimenfions. In our Cathedral the length, breadth, and height of the naves and aifles, and every part of the building-, bearajuft and due proportion to one another; the pillars and the fp...

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