Visited with my wife back in September 2014 Old Sarum dates back to 400 BC when an ironage hillfort was built to control the intersection of two native trade paths. The Romans then occupied it and in the 6th century the Saxons took control to defend against the Marauding Vikings. The Normans then occupied the place building a Motte & Bailey castle and curtain wall with a great Cathedral and Royal Palace which the Plantagenet's used. It lasted 300 years till the Salisbury Bishop fell out with the Wiltshire sheriff causing the removal of the church to where the present Salisbury is now. The castle was abandoned by Edward II in 1322 and Henry VIII sold it off in 1514. The Place is now owned by English Heritage.
This the information board you see in the above photo and tells you about this part
This is the inner bailey a wide deep ditch, I did not think to get one of the outer one which I might add is imminence and not something I would want to try and cross.
The bridge crosses the bailey and through the East gate
One of the views you get what you get into the Motte. The grated hole in front would have been the well for the Castle On the right is the palace.
This part was the place the lay out can be seen to walk round.
and you can read more and see what it looked like in this artists impression
The place all it's mod cons like Loo's or Privy as they called them
and this is a privy or at least one of them. Some poor soul was lowered down in here to clean it out from time to time. Now that is a sh*t job cor you
Not far away is the Kinks Great Tower
You can just see this in the above photo's
it's part of the outer wall of the castle beyond that was the outer bailey
The outer wall extended round the castle and you can walk all the way round
you drive through the outer walls to park your car. Beyond you can see Old Sarum Airfield which was built in WWI and still in use today.