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Chesterfield Church

Chesterfield Church

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15537

Item number: f.36

Genre: Manuscript

The Church of Our Lady and All Saints is renowned for its crooked spire, which looks rather like a bent corkscrew! The church and the spire were built in the 14th century. The spire only began to twist several centuries later when unseasoned timbers used in its construction began to buckle. Unlike the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which leans only in one direction, the spire of Our Lady leans in many directions - several feet to the south, several feet to the south-west, and several feet to the west!

And it is continuing to lean even today...

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