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May 28, 2015, 09:49 AM

Historic 50ft Black Country church spire coming to Salvo Fair

By Thornton Kay

Part of the numbered drawing of each face of the complete spire [scan Norton Stone

Wesleyan Chapel Mellish Road after partial demolition
The finial and lightning conductor [photo Busby

Oxfordshire, UK - A limestone ashlar Black Country church spire, by electric cinema architects Hickton & Palmer, will be making an appearance at the forthcoming Salvo Fair, courtesy of Paul Busby of Source4You and James Savage of Warwick Reclamation.

The spire comes from the recently demolished listed Grade II Wesleyan Chapel built in 1910 in Walsall, evacuated and doomed when subsidence caused by collapsed flooded mine workings resulted in a biblical crack in the substantial east wall of the nave in the early 1990s, left abandoned for seventeen years its fate was finally sealed by arson in 2008. With demolition inevitable and planned, Busby and Savage, in a moment of historic architectural empathy and probable financial madness, stepped in to rescue the spire, together with dismantlers Norton Stone & Masonry Ltd and Ian Robertson of Wiltshire firm Stzerone Ltd who drew and numbered the edifice.

The octagonal limestone ashlar steeple, which is described as free gothic with Arts & Crafts details by Nikolaus Pevsner in Staffordshire, has a substantial hollow square base with eight flanking blind trefoil buttresses clasping four octagonal pinnacles, with tall blind lancets between. The lower part of the spire is hollow, while at the top are several courses of solid black stone above which is a large scrolled copper finial with three sharpened copper points.

Paul Busby says it would make a terrific monument, folly, or mobile phone mast, with a massive copper lightning conductor (handy for Richard Branson on Necker Island), but has not yet decided on a final price. "This is a one of a kind item, very rarely available, which has not been cheap to rescue, and will cost a bob or two for us to re-erect for a discerning customer," he said.

The entire structure, which is around fifty feet tall, will not be erected at Salvo Fair, but it is planned that the top twenty feet or so will, together with allied pieces of worked stone, and this will make one of the standout exhibits at the fair.

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