New lease of life for twisted church spire

LOOKING GOOD The new church spire at St James's Church, Heckmondwike.
LOOKING GOOD The new church spire at St James's Church, Heckmondwike.

WORK is almost finished on a twisted church spire that needed essential repairs.

Members of St James’s Church, Heckmondwike, noticed its spire had become twisted three years ago – and set about raising enough money to repair it.

Work started last October and is expected to be finished in the next three weeks.

The Rev Ian Bullock said: “The internal masonry of the spire has been cleaned and dressed, the top three metres of the spire has been deconstructed and rebuilt, a new capstone has been fitted, a new cross tree has been installed to give greater stability to the cross, new louvres have been fitted in the bell chamber and numerous parts of the external spire have been cleaned or renewed. We have also had some new grotesques and other ornamental fittings carved by stonemasons.

“We are looking forward to seeing the final result.”

Mr Bullock said churchwardens and members had worked tirelessly to raise enough money for the repairs, as well as apply for grants and appeal for donations.

He added: “I would like to thank our architect, builders, churchwardens and members of the parish who have worked to make this project a reality.

“As a church we would also like to thank all of our neighbours who have been patient with us while the work has been undertaken.”