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Old Sarum is the site of the earliest settlement of Salisbury in England. Located on a hill about 2 miles (3 km) north of modern Salisbury near the A345 road, the settlement appears in some of the earliest records in the country. It is an English Heritage property and is open to the public. The great monoliths of Stonehenge and Avebury were erected nearby and indications of have been discovered from as early as 3000 BC. An Iron Age hillfort was erected around 400 BC, controlling the intersection of two native trade paths and the Hampshire Avon. The site continued to be occupied during the , when the paths became roads. The took the British fort in the 6th century and later used it as a stronghold against marauding Vikings. The constructed a motte and bailey castle, a stone curtain wall, and a great cathedral. A royal palace was built within the castle for King Henry I and was subsequently used by Plantagenet monarchs. This heyday of the settlement lasted for around 300 years until disputes between the Wiltshire sheriff and the Salisbury bishop finally led to the removal of the church into the nearby plain. As New Salisbury grew up around the construction site for the new cathedral in the early 13th century, the buildings of Old Sarum were dismantled for stone and the old town dwindled. Its long-neglected castle was abandoned by Edward II in 1322 and sold by Henry VIII in 1514. Although the settlement was effectively uninhabited, its landowners continued to have parliamentary representation into the 19th century, making it the most notorious of the rotten boroughs that existed before the Reform Act of 1832. Most famously, Old Sarum served as a pocket borough of the Pitt family.

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Facts and Stats for Old Sarum*

  • Pollution Statistics in Old Sarum

    Know the pollution level of Old Sarum before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 27.5 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 31.25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 31.25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 6.25 (Very Low)
  • Old Sarum: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Old Sarum for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Old Sarum.

    • Burglary and Theft 38.75 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 40 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 35 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 30.56 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 35 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 40 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 42.5 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 83.75 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 46.25 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 30 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 48.75 (Moderate)
  • Living in Old Sarum - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Old Sarum is 184.77 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 60.36 (High)
    • Climate Index 88.59 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 30.95 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 15.75 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 69.45 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 80 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.36 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 97.06 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Old Sarum

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Old Sarum

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.31 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13.32 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.11 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 65.79 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 74.17 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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