Tower transplant

Barnetby-le-Wold, Lincolnshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.

The wonderfully texture church at Barnetby in Lincolnshire has this funny stubby little tower. Surely it’s been truncated. Down the road Redbourne church in the same county has the opposite problem, it has this wonderfully exaggerated tower, with apparently two stages of bell openings. Somethings a bit fishy!

Redbourne, Lincolnshire

Anyway it turns out that the upper stages at Redbourne were added to the tower in 1785 by the Duke of St Albans, in order that it appeared as a landmark in his park. It is believed that the masonry was in fact the missing upper stage of the tower at Barnetby. I hope the people of Barnetby got a good deal.

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