Lincolnshire

More tilt than Pisa tower could boost Dry Doddington visits

St James' Church
Image caption The tower at St James' Church is said to be built on a pagan burial site

Villagers who believe their church tower tilts more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa are hoping to see a rise in visitors after work to restore it.

The tower of St James' Church in Dry Doddington, Lincolnshire, has recently undergone extensive repairs, costing about £100,000.

Officials said it is thought to lean due to it being built on a pagan burial site, and has a tilt of 5.1 degrees.

Italy's famous tower is said to have a 3.97 degree tilt.

Originally the Leaning Tower of Pisa tilted at an angle of 5.5 degrees, but this was reduced after restoration work.

In 2007, a church steeple in Germany claimed the record for the most tilted tower in the world, with a tilt of 5.19 degrees.

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Image caption The Leaning Tower of Pisa is known all over the world for its tilt

The Dry Doddington church was built in the 12th Century, and the tower was underpinned in 1918 to prevent further tilting.

Recent restoration work was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Rev Sonia Barron said: "The stone work on the tower was in very bad condition and there were birds nesting inside."

She said the grant had helped to restore the tower to its former glory.

'Impressive lean'

However, Ms Barron said there was widespread support not to make any changes to the tilt of the tower.

"People seeing it for the first time are very impressed, from certain angles you can distinctly see the lean," she said.

She added: "It should be a lot more famous and perhaps it will become so, now it has been repaired."

"I don't think it is widely known that it leans more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa."

Ian and Gill Smith, who visited the church after reading about the spire repairs, said it had an "impressive lean", but said there was still "a bit more to look at in Pisa".

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