SK3871 : Burlington Street, Chesterfield

taken 12 years ago, near to Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Burlington Street, Chesterfield
Burlington Street, Chesterfield
The Church of St Mary & All Saints was built in the late 13th Century and finished around 1360 and it's the largest church in Derbyshire. It is said that the twisting of the spire is believed to have been caused by the lead that covers the spire, 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. Also it was common practice to use unseasoned timber at the time the spire was built due to the fact that seasoned was too hard to work with. This also contributed to the twisting.
The red-brick building is part of a much larger block. One section has unfortunately been painted and ruins the whole aspect.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 17 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 27 October, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Public buildings and spaces  Religious sites  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3851 7116 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:14.1649N 1:25.4694W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3841 7114
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Twisted Spire  Church  Chesterfield  St Mary & All Saints  Church of St Mary and All Saints Chesterfield 

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