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The Leaning Tower Of Wybunbury [Apr. 13th, 2019|08:13 am]
Tony Grist
We stopped for lunch at Wybunbury- pronounced Winbry- a village in East Cheshire, a little to the south of Crewe. The magnificent 15th century tower is all that survives of the old church of St Chad- which was built on shifting ground and kept threatening to fall over. It was demolished three times and rebuilt twice in same place and finally (in 1977) on a different site. The tower leans markedly to the south but was stabilised in 1832, using a technique of underexcavation that was later used on the leaning tower of Pisa. It is known as the leaning- or hanging- tower of Wybunbury.

The statues on the west front had their heads knocked off by visiting Cromwellians but were re-headed in the 19th century. The second picture shows some evidence of the tilt.


[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2019-04-13 07:58 am (UTC)
Ooh. Those reheaded statues are a bit creepy!

Yes, there's a distinct lean to the right...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-04-13 05:23 pm (UTC)
They might have given them their hands back too, while they were thinking of it.
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2019-04-13 01:40 pm (UTC)
"Wybunbury- pronounced Winbry"

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-04-13 05:32 pm (UTC)
Why vocalise four syllables when you can get by with two? If the spelling of an English place name is long and complicated you can be almost certain that its spoken name will be something shorter and simpler.
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