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St Walburge’s Church spire explored in new YouTube series

Posted on - 14th April, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Nostalgia, Photos, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston City Centre, Preston News, University campus, Videos
Views from the spire. Pic: Elliott & Sue (Explore the UK)
Views from the spire. Pic: Elliott & Sue (Explore the UK)

A YouTube travel duo have made a video exploring the spire at the top of St Walburge’s Church in Preston.

‘Explore the UK,’ who have previously made videos tracing a derelict section of the Lancaster Canal which runs under Preston city centre, posted the video last week.

Vloggers, Sue and Elliott, flew a drone to look at the 309ft spire, the third tallest in the UK and tallest of any parish church.

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In the video, Elliott gives three interesting facts about the church built in 1854.

He explains how it is thought to be built on top of a former leprosy hospital, it has the heaviest swinging bell in the whole of Lancashire and it was the last spire to be worked on by TV presenter and steeplejack, Fred Dibnah.

Pic: Elliott & Sue (Explore the UK)
Fred Dibnah. Pic: Elliott & Sue (Explore the UK)

Starting at the bottom, the camera works its way up to the top, exploring every inch of the tall structure and taking in the Preston landscape.

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Described as an “architecture lover’s delight’ the camera work sees an up close and personal view of the details.

The video takes a look at the intricate architecture. Pic: Elliott & Sue (Explore the UK)
The video takes a look at the intricate architecture. Pic: Elliott & Sue (Explore the UK)

The church gave the public a chance to climb the 172 steps of the spire for three Saturdays in January this year.

They also hosted a musical Stations of the Cross with the Octavius Choir last month in March.

You can watch Elliott and Sue’s video here on YouTube or below

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