ca. 705: Diocese of Sherbourne founded by St. Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury.
1070: Motte-and-bailey castle built at Old Sarum.
Old Sarum Cathedral
1075: Council of London names Hereman of Wilton Bishop of Sarisberie, uniting the former sees of Sherbourne and Ramsbury into a single diocese. The first cathedral was begun shortly thereafter.
1078: Osmund succeeds Hereman as Bishop of Sarum.
1086, August 1: Domesday Book presented to William I at Old Sarum Castle.
ca. 1089: Cathedral Chapter of 36 canons established.
1092, Tuesday, April 5: First cathedral consecrated.
1099, Dec. 3: Death of Osmund.
Early 12th century
Four principal dignitaries, Dean, Precentor, Chancellor, and Treasurer, established.
ca 1120: Enlargement of the first cathedral completed.
1122: Bishop Roger gives up the title of Abbot of Sherbourne; Prior Thurstan becomes the First Abbot of Sherbourne (as well as a Canon of Salisbury).
ca. 1130s: Bishop Roger extends the transepts and eastern the eastern arm of the first cathedral.
ca. 1150: Bishop Jocelin de Bohon obtains permission from Archbishop Theobald to move the Feast of Relics to September 17.
ca. 1150-70: Bishop Jocelin builds a new residence and cloister to the north of the cathedral, expands the Canons to at least 42.
1184, November 18: Death of Bishop Jocelin.
1194, June 12: Bishop Herbert Poore enthroned at Old Sarum.
ca. 1197-99: Plans begin to be made for the new cathedral and town.
Early 13th century: Dean Richard Poore develops plans for the new cathedral and liturgical practices and customs and ‘Ordinale’ of Sarum.
1208, March 23: England placed under interdict by Pope Innocent III.
1214: Interdict lifted.
1215: Fourth Lateran Council
1217: January 7: Bishop Herbert Poore dies.
1217, June: Richard Poore elected Bishop.
1218, March 29: Pope Honorius III formally approves the removal of the cathedral to New Sarum (Salisbury).
The New Cathedral at Salisbury
1219: April 8: Temporary wooden chapel constructed at the new site, consecrated on Trinity Sunday, June 2, 1219. The churchyard was dedicated on the same day.
1219, November 1: Official transmigration of the cathedral body to the new site.
1220, Tuesday, April 28: Foundation stones of new cathedral laid.
1225, Sunday September 28: The three eastern altars dedicated.
1225, Monday, September 29: Cardinal Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury preaches and celebrates mass at the new altar.
1225, Thursday, October 2: Visit by King Henry III.
1226, Sunday June 14: Coffins of Osmund, Roger, and Jocelin translated from Old Sarum to the new cathedral on Trinity Sunday.
1228, May: Bishop Richard Poore appointed to Durham Cathedral.
ca. 1236: Choir stalls and pulpitum erected.
1244-45: Commencement of services in the new choir and presbytery.
13th c. Principal historical Sarum manuscripts.
1246: Salisbury adopts the feast of the Deposition of St. Edmund, Archbishop, displacing Ss. Primus and Felician. (Edmund had been Treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral, 122-34).
1247: Salisbury adopts the feast of the Translation of S. Edmund, Archbishop.
1240s: Completion of the treasury and muniment room.
1250s: Completion of the west front.
1258, Sunday September 29: Salisbury Cathedral consecrated by Archbishop Boniface , in the presence of Henry III, Queen Eleanor, Princes Edward and Edmund, and many other dignitaries.
1260-62?: Feast of St. Richard of Chichester adopted.
1263: Chapter House completed.
1264: Salisbury adopts the Feast of Corpus Christi–although its celebration as a feast may have been as late as 1317.
c. 1265: Cloister completed.
1319: Feast of Relics moved from September to May.
1320-30: Spire completed.
1327-1331: Close wall built with stone from the ruins of Old Sarum.
1378: Feast of St. Anne introduced into England. (Frere, 1383?).
1414-15: Diocese of London adopts Sarum Use.
1415: Sts. David, Chad, and Winifred added.
1452: New campaign for the canonization of Blessed Osmund begun.
1456: Feast of the Transfiguration adopted. (1480?)
1456-57: St Osmund canonized (Jan. 1 1457) by Pope Callistus III; Feast of St. Osmund, and Feast of Translation added.
1457, Thursday, July 16: Translation of St. Osmund to a new shrine. Some believe that the shrine was located in the centre of the Trinity Chapel. I believe that it was located in the easternmost bay of the presbytery, behind the high altar.
1457: Feast of the Name of Jesus added. (1480?)
ca. 1475: First Sarum Breviary printed.
1479-80: Lierne vault of the central crossing.
1480: Feast of the Visitation added.
ca. 1489: First Sarum Missal printed.
1508: Sarum Gradual Printed.
1518: First Sarum Hymnal printed.
1519-20: Sarum Antiphonale printed.
ca. 1520: Bishop Audley Chapel, with Easter Sepulchre, built to the north of the high altar.
1534: Act of Supremacy.
1536-: Dissolution of monasteries.
1538: Destruction of shrines sanctioned by Henry VIII.
1539: An organ placed on the pulpitum screen.
1542: Sarum Use adopted throughout the Southern Province of the English Church.
1549, Whitsunday: First Prayer Book of Edward VI. (Sarum Use abolished).
1553: Sarum Use re-established.
1559: Sarum Use abolished, replaced by the Book of Common Prayer.
1643: Organ removed.
1648: Dean and Chapter abolished.
1660: Dean and Chapter restored.
1661: Thomas Harris Organ restored.
1671-72: Choir refurbished.
1710: New Renatus Harris organ installed.
1777-79: Cathedral closed for repairs.
1781: New high east window installed ‘Moses and the Brazen Serpent’.
1789-90: renovations to the cathedral, including removal of the old pulpitum, erection of a new one to support the new organ, and demolition of the bell tower by James Wyatt. (Cathedral closed for 3 years, until September, 1792).
1842-43: Portiforii Sarum (Seager).
1846: The Ancient Liturgy of the Church of England; Monumenta Ritualia Ecclesiae Anglicanae. (Maskell).
1849-54: The Church of our Fathers (Rock).
1851: Hymnarium Sarisburiense; The Hymnal Noted (Neale).
1852: The Psalter (Chambers); Medieval Hymns and Sequences (Neale).
1861: Hymns Ancient and Modern.
1861-83: Missale Sarum (ed. Dickinson).
1862-1878: extensive restoration of the cathedral by G. G. Scott.
1874: Breviary Offices (Neale).
1877: New Willis organ; Divine Worship in England (Chambers).
1879-86: Breviarium Sarisburiense (Procter).
1881: Hymns Ancient and Modern
1882: Processionale Sarum (Henderson).
1884: The Sarum Missal in English (Pearson).
1894: Graduale Sarisburiensefacsimile.
1898-1091: The Use of Sarum (Frere).
ca. 1900-1930: Palmer editions of the Sarum Use in English.
1901: Ceremonies and Processions (Wordsworth).
1901-24: Antiphonale Sarisburiense facsimile.
1906: The English Hymnal.
1911: The Sarum Missal in English (Warren).
1912-13: Old Sarum Cathedral foundations excavated.
1916: The Sarum Missal (Legg).
1971: The Processions of Sarum (Bailey).
1984-99: The Use of Salisbury (Sandon).
2006-: The Sarum Rite (Renwick).
2008: New font installed in the cathedral (located several bays to the east of the original font).
2011-13: The Sarum Customary Online (Harper).