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Poultry Cross (Salisbury)

The Poultry Cross is an ornate structure in the historic cathedral city of Salisbury in Wiltshire.

It is situated on the edge of the Market Place.

The present Poultry Cross dates back to the 15th century, and an earlier cross had stood there for two centuries before that.

Six piers enclose a central column, and there is a roof with flying buttresses and a central spire surmounted by a cross.

There are similar structures at Chichester and Malmesbury.

The purpose was to sell goods in inclement weather, originally poultry but eventually any wares. It was also used from time to time for open air preaching.

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