Historical Figures


William the Conqueror visited Sarisberie on at least two occasions.

Read more about Willuan the Conqueror and his visits to the local area



It is believed that during the Council of Clarendon in 1164,

Thomas Beckett stayed at Old Sarum.

Read more about Thomas Beckett


Eleanor of Aquitaine was imprisoned in Old Sarum Castle on several occasions between 1173 and 1189.

Read more about Eleanor and why she was held there.



Thomas Pitt (1653 - 1726) for some years lived at Mawarden Court.  His eldest son Robert was father of William Pitt, often called 'Pitt the Elder'.

Read more about Thomas 'Diamond' Pitt and his family



Mrs Mary Elizabeth King, a vicar's wife, lived in Stratford sub Castle for 36 years and must have played a significant role in the village. Her most lasting achievement is the erection of the Reading Room in 1881.

Read more about Mrs Mary Elizabeth King