Old Sarum is the site of the earliest settlement of Salisbury in England. Located on a hill about 2 miles north of modern Salisbury, the settlement appears in some of the earliest records in the country. The great monoliths of Stonehenge and Avebury were erected nearby and indications of prehistoric settlement have been discovered from as early as 3000 BC. An Iron age hillfort was erected around 400 BC, the Saxons took the fort in the 6th century, and finally the Normans constructed a motte and bailey castle, a stone curtain wall, and a great cathedral.
Now abandoned and derelict, except for the remnants of some walls and foundations, the outer bailey is grazed by livestock. Late on a July evening walk we encountered these Herdwick sheep. Typically friendly and inquisitive, a breed introduced by Norse settlers . They seem relaxed in their equally historic location.