As far as I’m aware Fulford Place no longer exists. It was a small ‘court’ off of Castle Street.

Salisbury’s courts were groups of houses clustered around a central yard. They were criticized as unhealthy at the time of the Salisbury cholera epidemic.

There is a watercolour of Fulford Place on the Wiltshire Treasures website by E A Phipson. The web page says that the painting is from 1921, but I don’t know whether Fulford Place still existed at that time.

The map below isn’t hugely useful as it stands (I’ll upload a better one when I can). Scots Lane runs just below the bottom of the map, and Castle Street is just visible on the left.

Map showing Fulford Place, Salisbury

The entrance to Fulford Place on Castle Street would have been about here on Castle Street:

Fulford Place and the Salisbury Fulford Family

I would imagine that Fulford Place was named after somebody called Fulford – probably the owner.

The Victoria County of History mentions a “10-acre Fulford’s Mead” near Bulbridge in the 17th Century. The ‘apostrophe-s’ makes the ownership explicit in the case of Fulford’s Mead, but it’s perhaps safe enough to assume the naming of Fulford Place was also a reference to a Mr or Ms Fulford.

‘Fulford’ isn’t perhaps one of the most prominent names in Salisbury’s history, but I’ve found various mentions of Fulfords through the ages.

One example is in the 1875 Kelly’s Commercial Directory, an Admiral Fulford is listed as a vice president of the Salisbury Diocesian House of Mercy[1]. The same Admiral Fulford (presumably) is featured in a sad little article in a New York Times of 1887. Fulford had two sons, one went into the Army the other into the Navy. Both died in service. The New York Times describes Fulford as living ‘an almost broken-hearted old age’[2].

Fulford, Yorkshire

The best known place called ‘Fulford’ in this country is near York. It’s famous as being the site of one of the ‘other’ battles of 1066. The battle was between King Harald III of Norway (also known as Harald Hardrada) and the Anglo-Saxon earls Edwin and Morcar. The invaders won the battle

The UK Battlefields Resource Centre says that:

the combined losses at Fulford and Stamford Bridge must have severely weakened Harold’s army and contributed significantly to its destruction at Hastings. [3]

Footnotes

  1. Salisbury – Kelly’s Commercial Directory 1875.pdf []
  2. Admiral Fulford. – View Article – NYTimes.com – Published: September 18, 1887 []
  3. UK Battlefields Resource Centre – Britons, Saxons & Vikings – The Norman Conquest – The Battle of Battle of Fulford []

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Fulford Place, Salisbury

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