Sam’s Ses Challenge #16: Twist

Welcome to this week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge.

Every weekend, Sam and I pick a word or phrase as the theme for the week. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to post something Ses-related that you think fits with this week’s challenge.  Don’t know who the Ses are?… click here to find out.

Your contribution can be anything you want, a photograph, a short story… anything. Visit the main Sam’s Ses Challenge page to learn more.

The fun will be focused here on my blog, but feel free to play along on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Just be sure to link back to the challenge on whichever media you choose, to be certain Sam and I get to see it.

I hope you’ll join in.

This week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge theme is Twist.

Here’s my contribution:

Several theories have been forwarded to explain the famous Crooked Spire of Chesterfield Parish Church in England.

One legend claims it’s the result of the Devil landing on it! The truth is probably a little less exciting.

A wave of bubonic plague swept through England between 1348 and 1350. For a long time the spire’s famous twist was believed to be an indirect result of this epidemic. It was thought that a lack of properly skilled craftsmen following the plague, resulted in unseasoned wood being used in the construction of a design that failed to include enough bracing.

More recently, experts have suggested the twist is actually caused by of the weight (32 tons) of the lead used to replace the spire’s original wooden shingles (making the insufficient bracing even more of an issue). The lead on the southern side of the spire also expands more in the sunshine, adding to the twisting motion, and putting additional stress on the structure.

Whatever the cause of Chesterfield’s Crooked Spire, the results are undeniably dramatic. With it’s tip 228 feet above the ground, it twists 45° as well as leaning 9 feet 5 inches from true.

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This week’s Sam’s Ses Challenge was itself partially inspired by Knackered (British slang for tired or severely damaged) from the Daily Post.



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2 Responses to Sam’s Ses Challenge #16: Twist

  1. Such great pictures of the church and spire!

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