Mainly ACE Trains, TCS, Narborough Road -
Old Sarum -
“This election for the borough of Old Sarum was held in a temporary booth erected in a cornfield, under a tree which marked the former boundary of the old town, not a vestige of which has been standing in the memory of man, the several burgages which give the right of voting, being now without a dwelling for a human being. Mr. Dean, the bailiff of the borough having read the precept for the election, and caused proclamation thereof, read the bribery act, and gone through all the legal ceremonies, the Rev. Dr. Skinner rose and nominated Nicholas Vansittart, and Henry Alexander, Esq., from a thorough conviction that their public conduct would be such as would give satisfaction and do honour to their constituents. The other electors acquiescing in this nomination and no other candidates offering, the proclamation was thrice made for any gentleman disposed to do so, to come forward, the bailiff declared the above two gentlemen to be duly elected.
There were five electors present at this election, (beside the bailiff of the borough who lives at Wimborne) viz., the Rev. Dr. Skinner, of the Close; the Rev. Mr. Burrough, of Abbot's Ann; William Dyke, Esq., of Syrencot; Mr. Massey and Mr. Brunsdon, both occupiers of land within the limits of the borough. The above account is thus particularly given to rectify several prevalent mistakes relative to this celebrated borough, and to show that the election is conducted in a manner every way consonant to the law of the land and the constitution of Parliament.”
The result, of course, had been a foregone conclusion -
Curiously, though, despite -
Today, the site of Old Sarum is in the hands of English Heritage, and is open to
the public. The castle and cathedral are little more than foundations marked out
in the grass, parliamentary elections are no longer held under one of its trees.
But we have, at least in model form, now given it a railway station to serve its
In the end, it was too much for the clergy -
This was the beginning of the end for Old Salisbury -
This abandonment, however, did not prevent the borough from famously continuing to
return two Members of Parliament for almost another 300 years! At first, it would
seem a mystery how this was even possible, given that the town had no residents left
to elect them, but Old Sarum was a ‘burgage borough’, in which the right to vote
was attached to ownership of land in the town, meaning that Old Sarum was not only
a ‘rotten borough’ but -
“…barren, dry, and solitary, exposed to the rage of the wind; and the church as a captive on the hill where it was built, like the ark of God shut up in the profane house of Baal.”
“New Sarum began, with its new life and buildings, and Old Sarum began to crumble…Yet…into the lifetime of the fathers of many of us, Old Sarum returned her two members of Parliament. In the long roll are many names not unknown to fame. There is one that stands out far above the others…I have not the presumption nor the time to speak of William Pitt. I should want all day…If Old Sarum had no other claim to fame in these islands, it would have it in this, that it sent William Pitt for the first time to the House of Commons.
Old Sarum was one of the many boroughs in England which were called ‘rotten boroughs’. I am going to say a word for the ‘rotten boroughs’. Let us not condemn a system until we have looked at the fruits of it. After all, a very great proportion of the House of Commons was for centuries sent there by these boroughs. And what did they do? They watched over the growth of England from her earliest struggles to a century ago…
Coming from the House of Commons this afternoon, I look around and ask myself : What is the site value of Old Sarum? The site value arrived at by any valuer…can be but small. But the value to us and to all England is infinite.”
Of course, in reality, Old Sarum never had a station -
Our ‘Old Sarum’, therefore, is intended to be an echo, to some small degree, of the
real Salisbury. More prosaically, it is also intended to provide a vehicle for the
ACE Trains E/9 -
The station itself uses three ACE Trains canopy sets, with modern Bassett-
This layout would occupy approximately 10’ x 20’.
We don’t feel this particular layout would work well in a smaller area.