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The original site of the city at Old Sarum, meanwhile, fell into disuse.
It continued as a rotten borough: at the time of its abolition during the reforms of 1832, its MP represented three households.
Work on the new cathedral building—the present Salisbury Cathedral—began in 1221.
The site was supposedly established by shooting an arrow from Old Sarum, although this is certainly a legend: the distance is over 3 km (1.9 mi).
Brittonic *-dūnon, meaning "fortress" (in reference to the fort that stood at Old Sarum), was replaced by its Old English equivalent -burg. The form "Sarum" is a Latinization of Sar, a medieval abbreviation for Middle English Sarisberie.
uniting his former sees of Sherborne and Ramsbury into a single diocese which covered the counties of Dorset, Wiltshire, and Berkshire.
The legend is sometimes amended to claim that the arrow struck a white deer, which continued to run and died on the spot where the cathedral now rests.
The structure was built upon wooden faggots on a gravel bed with unusually shallow foundations of 18 inches (46 cm) and the main body was completed in only 38 years.
The 123 m or 404 ft tall spire, the tallest in the UK, was built later.