St Mary de Castro

Church spire survey photography

The spire at St. Mary de Castro in Leicester

St Mary de Castro is a 12th century parish church in the heart of Mediaeval Leicester and its needle crocketed spire has dominated the Leicester skyline since the beginning of the 15th century.

In 2011 it was found that restoration work just after WWI had seriously comprised the structure of the spire leaving it in danger of total collapse. In 2014 it was removed in its entirety.

The spire

As project photographer, Northlight’s Keith Cooper has documented the recent history of this Grade 1 listed building – and the photographs here show the beauty of the church within its unusual setting of the precincts of Leicester Castle, through the initial survey work of the damage, to the erection of the scaffolding, the rare views from the top of the spire (including a rather special ‘little planet’ projection) to how the church looks now in 2014 after final ‘deconstruction’ of the spire.

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