Definition of broach spire in English:

broach spire


  • An octagonal church spire rising from a square tower without a parapet.

    • ‘Though of course Norwich Cathedral spire is a broach spire, built when the Saxo-Norman one fell down in the big fire.’
    • ‘Evidence is seen today of ancient fragments in the dog-tooth in the tower windows, stones in part of the broach spire, and in the hung canopies of the spire.’
    • ‘This Gothic church, built of Vermont granite, originally had a stone broach spire crowned with a finial.’
    • ‘The massing is confident, emphasised by the striking tower with its soaring broach spire, and the stone vaulted interior has a grandeur, which only Pearson could achieve.’
    • ‘The earliest part of the church is the west tower with its broach spire which dates from the thirteenth century.’
    • ‘The church stands 190 feet above sea level, between two seas, where its lovely thirteenth century broach spire, formerly whitewashed, made a landmark for ships in St Ives and Mounts Bays.’
    • ‘It shows the thirteenth century broach spire to good effect but internal views of Saxon and Norman details in the nave walls and chancel arch were not possible.’
    • ‘To mention just a few of many, Market Harborough church is blessed with a soaring broach spire, and Bottesford, where the first eight Earls of Rutland have their tombs.’
    • ‘A major renovation, completed in 1864, included the new chancel, the removal of the castelated belfry, the addition of an octagonal broach spire and an office for the Reverend Macaulay.’
    • ‘This specimen of early 14th century work seems to contain the transition from the broach spire to the embattled one.’
    • ‘Towers and slender broach spires dominate the landscapes everywhere, rising as beacons to direct the stranger to some rare village or gracious town built of the same pleasing stone.’
    • ‘The tower, of three stages, with an ashlar-covered broach spire and diagonal buttresses, is of the 14th century.’
    • ‘The church building is mostly constructed of sandstone, in a Gothic revival style, with a fine broach spire which can be seen from several parts of the city.’
    • ‘The building is visible from all approaches to the town - the 190 foot broach spire dominating the roofline as can be seen in the illustration on the Leighton Buzzard home page.’