New cockerel for spire

The spire at Ashover Parish Church has been partly returned to its original iconic glory with the addition of a new weathercock.

A major landmark in the restoration of the spire came this week when a new copper cockerel weathervane was installed on top of the 128 feet spire.

The weathercock is the work of Matlock artist Richard Swain, Bill Barker of Matlock Green and Pidcock Brothers Engineers of Cromford.

The old bronze cockerel, which is reported to date back to the mid 1700s, was knocked off its lofty pedestal in the earthquake of February 2008 and was found to be too fragile to repair. It will, however, be preserved and displayed inside the church.

Scaffolding will shortly be removed to parapet level, but some will remain until the tower has been repointed.