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Church of St James  Hanslope

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Here’s the tallest spire in the whole county, and it’s 186 feet to the very top. This is St James the Great, at Hanslope.

The spire had originally been 200 feet tall, but in 1804 it took a lightning strike which destroyed the top; it had to be rebuilt and I think they lost some stone when the bolt hit.

The tower and spire were built in 1409 by the Rector Thomas Knight. It, er, towers above the rest of the church, which has at the far end a 12th Century Norman chancel. Much of the rest of the church was built between these two dates.

Spires are not common in North Bucks, but Hanslope, like Olney with it’s own church spire, is close to Northamptonshire, where spires are very popular.

Remember last week’s Monday Photo, where I showed you the bells of Hanslope church and mentioned how much the tower swung when the bells were rung?

Now you can see how tall it is. Stone is a lot more flexible than you think…

I used my Sony A6000 and 16-50mm zoom lens like this one for this week's photos. It's compact and light; a great camera for carrying around every day.


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