High time for repair on Chesterfield’s famous crooked spire

Workmen remove the clock hands from St Marys church in Chesterfield
Workmen remove the clock hands from St Marys church in Chesterfield
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Fearless workers abseiled down Chesterfield’s famous ‘crooked spire’ church to carry out timely repairs to its clockfaces.

One of Chesterfield Parish Church’s clocks stopped working after being battered by high winds, leaving the spindle in the middle of the face needing repairs.

Workmen remove the clock hands from St Marys church in Chesterfield

Workmen remove the clock hands from St Marys church in Chesterfield

Now parts on all four of the church’s clocks have been taken away to be fixed, with the other three clocks having their parts changed before they develop the same issue.

The repairs were paid for by Chesterfield Council as the clock – which is one timepiece but has four faces – is considered property of the town, despite being in the church.

Verger Paul Wilson said: “The work has been planned for some time.

“I think they are hoping to do it by the end of today but it’s not the kind of job you want to rush.”