Twisted Spires

A significant number of churches around Europe have twisted or crooked spires. While various legends account for the deformations, the more practical reality is that they are the result of either shortcomings in construction techniques, or intentional design. We’ll take a tour of some of the most notable twisted spires, beginning in Chesterfield, England. The church of St Mary and All Saints1 was built in the 14th century, though these days even the congregation’s own website calls it ‘The church of the Crooked Spire’. It is believed that the spire was originally clad in oak, and stood straight…

Read full article »