SK3871 : The Twisted Spire

taken 5 years ago, near to Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Great Britain

The Twisted Spire
The Twisted Spire
The famous crooked spire of Chesterfield Parish Church.

The spire was added to the 14th century tower in about 1362 LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) . It is both twisted and leaning, twisting 45 degrees and leaning 9 feet from its true centre. There have been many myths and legends about how the spire became crooked, but it is now believed that the twisting of the spire was caused by the lead that covers the spire, which was added 300 years after it was built before this it was covered with oak tiles. The lead causes this twisting phenomenon, because when the sun shines during the day the south side of the tower heats up, causing the lead there to expand at a greater rate than that of the north side of the tower, resulting in unequal expansion and contraction. This was compounded by the weight of the lead (approx. 33 tons) which the spire's bracing was not originally designed to bear.

It is this twisted spire that gives Chesterfield FC its nickname, 'The Spireites'.
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Date Taken
Monday, 4 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Sunday, 10 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  City, Town centre 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3853 7117 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:14.1702N 1:25.4513W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3854 7118
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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Church  Parish Church  14th Century  Fourteenth Century  Tower  Spire  Grade I  Listed Building  English Heritage 

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