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Coventry in West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
 

The Tower & Spire

 
 
The Tower & Spire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 11, 2018
1. The Tower & Spire Marker
Inscription.
The Tower & Spire
St Michaels tower was completed in1394 and the Spire in 1433 and today stands at 294 feet. The 14th century Tower was built on the edge of a quarry on poor ground — jumble of rubble in clay with bits of old stone coffins, gravestones and parts of the earlier churches from the site — -and it deteriorated over the centuries. In 1855 a complete restoration was carried out, much of the work done in Yorkshire stone.

The spire was restored with red sandstone from the Runcorn quarries. After restoration, it was described by Alfred J Brookes as follows:
‘The position of the lofty and exquisite steeple does not stand in the centre of the West front of the Church, but a good deal to the South. Sir Christopher Wren declared it a masterpiece in the art of Gothic building, and it is known to be one of Ruskin's ideal structures. It is built from the ground and not, as most Cathedrals, from the body of the Church. The steeple consists of three parts, the tower, the octagon and the spire. The tower is decorated with sculptured canopied niches, filled with figures of saints, kings, confessors and benefactors. It is surmounted by a panelled embattled parapet, having pinnacles at each corner, from which spring flying buttresses, in pairs to the middle octagon. This octagon is a very fine
The Tower & Spire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 11, 2018
2. The Tower & Spire Marker
conception and the flying arches which spring from the pinnacles are remarkable for their graceful character.”

A further restoration took place in 1977
 
Location. 52° 24.477′ N, 1° 30.475′ W. Marker is in Coventry, England, in West Midlands. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Bayley Lane and St Mary Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the Coventry Cathedral Ruins. Marker is in this post office area: Coventry, England CV1 5RJ, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Home Front Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Ruined Cathedral Church of St Michael (a few steps from this marker); Choir of Survivors (a few steps from this marker); The Guild Chapels (a few steps from this marker); 22 & 23 Bayley Lane (a few steps from this marker); Royal Warwickshire Regiment Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); St Michael’s Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Reconciliation (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coventry.
 
Also see . . .
1. Coventry Cathedral. (Submitted on October 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Coventry Cathedral on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Small Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 11, 2018
3. Small Marker
The Tower
And Spire Were
Restored in 1977 – 78
Under the Leadership of
A Citizen of Coventry
Kenneth B. Benfield Esq.

 
Categories. Churches & Religion
 
The Tower & Spire of St Michaels Cathedral image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 11, 2018
4. The Tower & Spire of St Michaels Cathedral
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 23 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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