Despite visiting Worcester a number of times over the years I had never really paid much attention to this imposing spire until this most recent visit.
Glover’s Needle, or St Andrew’s Spire, can be seen from miles around. It used to crown the Church of St Andrews, but that was demolished in the 1940s, after falling into decay. The local council, for reasons I’m not really clear on, decided to leave the tower and spire in place.
The name Glover’s Needle supposedly comes from Worcester’s glove-making industry. Apparently it is the tallest spire in the country to have such a narrow angle of taper (the way it narrows at the end).
It’s an interesting monument with a somewhat convoluted history. It’s certainly worth taking a quick detour to examine close-up if you can.
Some more of my photos can be found here.