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Raising Spire at Cressing Temple


The 1:5 scale interpretation of Salisbury Cathedral timber spire was raised again by the specialist carpenters, at the Cressing Temple in Essex as part of the three days summer event called FRAME 2013, from 31 August to 2 September 2013. The annual event was organised by the Carpenters Fellowship, in order to exchange the traditional and new knowledge and skills within the trade and also to promote to the wider audience. The event activities included not only a series of lectures by the specialists, but also a hewing workshop, trebuchet and axe throwing competition.

Cressing Temple near Braintree, Essex is designated as a scheduled ancient monument containing two large 13th century barns, and home for promoting and educating traditional building skills.


The third year architecture students from Kingston originally built the timber spire as part of the studio project 2012 – 13, using the sustainably sourced larch generously donated by James Jones and sons in Scotland.

The spire was raised every morning during the event by the volunteer carpenters, like a flag marking the start of the day.

Images by: Takeshi Hayatsu