Issue Date: 05/11/2013
Issue Name: Christmas 2013 at Salisbury Cathedral
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Our 2013 Christmas cover celebrates Salisbury Cathedral and features the 7 new Madonna and child stamps. It has a beautiful painting of Salisbury Cathedral by artist, Lynda Appleby and is postmarked at Salisbury with a stunning Cathedral postmark. Limited numbers have been signed by the artist, Lynda Appleby.
Old Sarum Cathedral was a Norman cathedral built at Old Sarum, near modern day Salisbury, Wiltshire.
At its greatest, the Norman cathedral was 185 fee (56 metres) from end to end. Built in the standard cruciform shape, the building had a nave of seven bays with cross shaped piers, an apse and a central crossing tower, as well as several peripheral chapels.
The site at Old Sarum was exposed and had a limited water supply. After a dispute between the clergy and military officials at the nearby castle, Bishop Richard Poore decided to move location. An official mandate for its destruction was given by the king and the move began in 1219. Stone from the old cathedral was used in building the new, and in 1220 the new site was consecrated.
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Lynda Appleby is a professional artist whose work is growing in popularity and is now sought after by discerning collectors, galleries and clients, such as the BBC, BP, the Duchy of Cornwall and the National Trust. Her work is also winning prizes in many exhibitions and, more recently, she has been sourced by one of England's finest houses – Halswell in Somerset – to paint numerous portraits of their house and grounds.