Revolution House doesn't open until 11:00 am so we thought we would call in and visit the Church of St. Mary and all saints in Chesterfield.
The famous crooked spire is visible for miles around and there are several theories why it is crooked.
My favourite is that there wasn't enough cross members to support the weight of the lead tiles that were added much later.
When the spire was constructed in 1362 it was covered in wooded tiles and apparently it was straight for the first 300 years, after this the wooden tiles were replaced with lead tiles ( these weigh in at 33 tons) and that's when the spire began to twist. The twisting has been attributed to the sun heating up the lead on the south side and causing unequal expansion and contraction to the north side, giving the twist.
The spire is twisted 45 degrees and leans 2.9 metres.
|The spire has a twist of 45 degrees and leans 2.9 metres|
|Close up of the tiles|
|The tower contains a peal of 10 bells|
|St. Mary's and All Saints Church Chesterfield.|
Magnificent stained glass windows and the internal stone structure is amazing.
|This is the oldest window at 1890 with Moses top centre.|
|The newest window with the 3 plotters centre panel.|
|The plotters in the room at the Cock & Pynot.|
|This chest looks likes it could have come from the crusades.|
|Don't eat to many of these!!|
|What goes on in there!!|
The 3 conspirators met on Whittington Moor to discuss the revolution but a rain storm forced them to find somewhere out of the weather. They ended up in the Cock & Pynot and finished there discussions there. They were William Cavendish (the 4th Earl of Devonshire) later to become the 1st Duke, Lord Delamere, John Marcy and the Earl of Danby.
The bloodless revolution saw King James 2nd deposed in favour of William of Orange.
The window in St. Mary's Church in Chesterfield shows the men plotting in the Cock & Pynot.
|The Cock & Magpie|
Pynot is the local name for a magpie.
|Plaque on the wall of Revolution House|
|Rob & Ike with Jonathon|
|The last stoop|
|This is the "Passing Out" photo for the last stoop.|
|The 3 men in the Plotting Parlour of the Cock & Pynot|