In his Autobiography (1883) Anthony Trollope recalled how when
‘wandering one midsummer evening round the purlieus of Salisbury
Cathedral’, he ‘conceived the story of The Warden, from whence came the series of novels of which Barchester … was the central site….'
Whilst Barchester was based more on Winchester, and the county of Barset is, of course, imaginary, The Warden (1852) was inspired by Trollope's view of Salisbury from the ‘little bridge’ near the cathedral.
Constable famously painted the view from the Mill in 1824. There is a
road near Harnham Mill that is named after that other painter of
Salisbury and the Cloisters: J.M.W. Turner.
The bridge was built in 1245 by Bishop Bingham and widened in 1774.
It was here that William Golding, a master at Bishop’s Wordsworth
School, leant over the bridge a century later and found it difficult to
imagine how his predecessor had not written about its most dramatic and
symbolic feature - the Cathedral spire. Built between 1285 and 1300, it
is the tallest spire in England. Golding’s The Spire appeared in 1964.