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St. Mary and All Saints Church (Chesterfield)

St. Mary and All Saints Church is the parish church of Chesterfield in Derbyshire, and is very famous for its Crooked Spire, which rises to 228 feet.

There are many theories as to how this distortion came about. One is that the Devil heard that a virgin was about to be married at the church, and sat on the spire to watch such an unusual occurence. Perhaps a little more likely is that lead plates laid in a herringbone fashion over unseasoned timber caused the twisting but without causing it to snap.

The church itself is large and cruciform, dates from the 14th century, and has five subsidiary altars. Temple Moore created most of the reredoses in the 1890s.

For those of an adventurous disposition, there is an excellent tour of the spire.

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