The Crooked Spire

On a weekend trip to Chesterfield and Derbyshire one of the many stops for photography was to the Crooked Spire (Chesterfield Church). The interior in particular of this church highlighted the gothic style of it, dark corners and sweeping arches high above me. Here are a few images highlighting the intriguing architecture of the building.

The first sight of the inside of the church for me wasn't anything special, however, once you turn around you are greeted with a massive stained window, and to the sides smaller windows spaced unevenly between the high-reaching columns. The detail in the brick and carved stone drew my sight upwards at every angle.

The atmosphere of this church was incredibly quiet, tourists enjoying the sights and sounds created in peace. The smaller intricacies of buildings always stand out to me in particular, what I like to call follies, typically a name given to odd buildings overall, however, I find the term is appropriate to abnormalities or curious features. This folly I believe was designed on the buildings first construction as it is so opportune to be lighting the organ. The image has been darkened quite a bit, however, the original image had the same atmospheric and gothic feel.

The wider view gives a better idea of the scale and also the divide between the rafters of the church and the floor. This gentleman was unaware of my, but his seat choice was perfect to give a comparison of size to the organ and building overall.


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The stained windows lit up the building brilliantly, particularly this south facing window in the late afternoon when we were there. The rafters created almost windows within windows through to other parts of the building, and the precise nature of the building meant the sweeping arches dragged through to the walls.

A separate room cut off most of the noise from the rest of the church, hearing almost nothing of the echoes. The figures fit incredibly well between the rails, creating a multitude of frames for each character.

This couple were reading whilst I was taking the last shot, I waited for them to get into just the right position, to which they abided. The light created a great show of the situation, the light shining on St Mary, and also the window to our right providing shining light on the couple.

This last shot was a difficult one to capture, that I wasn't particularly happy with in the end, however I have included for a few reasons, one is my weekend trip companion in Emma (to the left). Another being the amazing light shining on the pillars to the right, giving the bland stone a vibrancy not normally seen in protestant churches. The final reason being Henning Wehn (furthest left in the group behind Emma). We hadn't realised at this point that it was him, however after walking past and also finding out that he was performing at the Pomegranate Theatre that night! Small world we live in. Or a world full of coincidences.