Minor British Institutions: Chesterfield’s crooked spire

Author: By Sean O’Grady

This gloriously, defiantly crooked shape just makes you want to reach out and
straighten it up. Some say it is the work of the devil, who sat on the spire
out of spite (though it can’t have been at all comfortable for Beelzebub).

The more mundane version is that the structure was built with timber that
hadn’t properly been seasoned, and consequently buckled in this priapic
fashion.

At any rate, Chesterfield’s spire, a symbol you’ll see everywhere in the town,
is surely the oddest thing to be found around the ever-fascinating Peak
District.

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