GP003 - St. Edmunds Arts Centre
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Small container hidden from view. BYOP. Following the relocation of Salisbury Police station in summer 2014 to Bourne Hill, the car park is regularly used by police cars so be discrete! The difficulty rating has been increased to 2 to reflect this.
The original church was named after St Edmund who taught “the arts” at Oxford in the early 13th Century. By 1407 it was too small for its congregation and was replaced. In the early 1600s, at the height of Puritanism, scandal occurred when the Recorder of Salisbury, Henry Sherfield, attacked one of the stained glass windows with a pikestaff and was imprisoned. A few years later in 1653 the tower collapsed and demolished the greater part of the church, A plaque above the main door says:
THE LORD DID MARVELOVSLY PRESERVE A GREAT CONGREGATION OF HIS PEOPLE FROM THE TOWER IN THIS PLACE VPON THE SABBATH DAY BENG IVNE 26TH 1653
The collapse was followed by an extended period of conservation work stretching from the 17th to 20th Century; St Edmund's was one of only two church buildings in the country to be granted permission to undertake construction during the Cromwellian period.
During the 1970s the church congregation numbers dropped and it was agreed that they should be merged with the neighbouring St Thomas' Parish. In 1975 a covenant was drawn up that gave the building to Salisbury District Council for social, educational and recreational activities. Salisbury Arts Centre was founded in 1975 and, from small beginnings, developed into a fully-fledged community arts centre. In the early 1990s funding reached crisis point and for over a year the arts centre was run by volunteers, while the people of Salisbury took to the streets with a ‘Save Our Arts Centre’ campaign. This prompted a two year, £4.2 million redevelopment funded by Arts Council South West, English Heritage, Salisbury District Council, local people and businesses. In 2005 Salisbury Arts Centre reopened with a brand new programme of events and has continued to go from strength to strength. They also do nice teas.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum