A 13th-century planned town, Salisbury's medieval layout can be easily traced and it is still dominated by its magnificent cathedral. Explaining the city's development, as a market, an industrial town, a transport hub and a county's social centre, the authors have very successfully met the challenge and produced an easy-to-read narrative. " ... a treasure trove of old photographs, maps and engravings ... a fascinating chronological journey ..." Western Daily Press
Ruth Newman and Jane Howells are friends and colleagues who both love the city of Salisbury and lecture widely on many aspects of its history. Ruth is Chairman of Wiltshire Local History Forum and Jane is editor of its newsletter. Ruth came to Salisbury in 1965 and is head of history at La Retraite Swan school and a blue-badged guide for the city and district. Jane is a Salisbury native, editor for the British Association for Local History, and engaged in research into the economic and social roles of 19th century women in the local community.