Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Spire Definition

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Spire

A tapering structure on top of a church tower, usually conical or pyramidal in shape. The word comes from the old Saxon word for spear, and certainly a very slender spire might be tought to resemble a spear. One variant is a broach spire, with the spire set atop a square tower. The spire is often topped by a weather vane, flag, or cross.

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This Archbishop of Canterbury authored two Books of Common Prayer and helped Henry VIII divorce Catherine of Argagon



23 May, 1208

Pope Innocent III places England under interdict (no church services)

King John strikes back by seizing all church property, though loyal clergy were allowed to buy their property back

She was later dubbed 'the Nine Day's Queen'



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