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Starter Edit Characters can start with these relics. Common Weak relics that are found commonly. Uncommon Stronger relics which appear less often than common relics. Shaking in terror, the poor man drove a nail into the Devil's foot. Screaming with rage and pain, the Devil took flight towards Chesterfield. Skimming over the Church, he lashed out in agony, caught the Spire and twisted it out of shape.
But the most popular story about the Spire is that it was so amazed to hear of a virgin being married in the Church that it twisted round to try and see such a wonder for itself.
It's said that, should the same thing happen again, the Spire will straighten up…. Then, of course, there is the truth — or at least the best guess. The Spire was originally covered in wooden shingles set on a wooden frame. There were some advantages to this.
Lead was plentiful in the Peak District so was easy to find and relatively cheap. There were, of course, some disadvantages. Firstly the weight — around 32 tons of lead tiles cover the wooden framework of the Spire that was never designed to take this that much weight. Secondly, lead is a metal and it expands when it gets hot and contracts as it cools.
One side the Spire faces south, so gets the sun all day, while the north facing side gets hardly any direct sunlight. The south facing lead tiles expand more than the north facing and this continual expansion and contraction at different rates has caused the Spire to twist. As well as this, there's no cross bracing in the 8 sides of the Spire. Add to that years of weather and, according to one 'expert', bell ringing, and you get a Crooked Spire! Daily tours of the Tower to the base of the 'Crooked Spire' take place on Fridays and Saturdays weather and staff permitting , check times on the Crooked Spire website.
Tours take about minutes. In addition, regular tours take place on all summer Bank Holiday Mondays. The old market place was much closer to the Church in the Middle Ages, and it wasn't unusual for the nave to be used as a temporary store. This is why, in May , at the height of the Battle of Chesterfield, we find the Earl of Derby hiding among the wool sacks in the Church. Fire broke out in the north transept and flames roared through the building to threaten the Spire itself.
Within minutes the roads were packed with fire engines and equipment. Church officials and clergy braved the heat and choking smoke to rescue sacred figurines, church treasures and parish registers from the flames. But, a few days later, the bells rang out for Christmas and a service was filmed for TV on 7 January The Church, along with its Spire, had weathered the storm to remain the symbol of Chesterfield. Tower tours are possible on certain days, times are advertised on the Church website.
The Crooked Spire Church is in Chesterfield town centre but has no car park of its own so the directions below are to the nearest town centre car parks. At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit Lordsmill Street. Select left lane and take first left Beetwell Street.
Contributed by Dr Alan P Newman.
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Climb to the top of its spiral spire for spectacular views of Copenhagen. Added by Luis Morato. Ely, England. A remarkable medieval structure born from a 14th-century disaster. Madeira Beach, Florida.
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