The Spire

The spire, similar to the thirteenth-century example at Sheviock, is 134′ in height. It is a broach, one that does not rise from within parapets; instead the four-sided tower turns into an octagonal spire by way of four small structures called squinches.

Although one record shows that the upper portion of the spire was rebuilt after being struck by lightning in 1621, its style is no later than fourteenth century.

It must have been a prominent landmark by the year 1328, at which time it was recorded that the boundary of Plympton stannary was defined as ‘a wedge of land adjoining Plymouth in the west, and on the east by a line from Crockern Tor, through Modbury steeple to Burgh Island’.

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