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Wiltshire Through the Ages
Historical highlights from the region
Salisbury receives its city charter under the name ‘New Sarum’. Sailsbury doesn’t become its official name until 2009.
The main body of the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (better known today as Salisbury Cathedral) is finished.
Architect Christopher Wren is born in East Knoyle.
Pioneering archaeologist John Aubrey records the first detailed plan of the prehistoric monument Stonehenge.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Box Tunnel opens between Bath and Chippenham.
The Great Western Railway opens a works at Swindon.
Sir Cecil Chubb gifts Stonehenge to the nation.
Archaeologists discover a male skeleton underneath a toppled stone at Avebury. Objects found with the man suggest that he worked as a barbersurgeon in the 14th century.
The village of Imber (above) is evacuated to allow training for Operation Overlord.