ANOTHER high point in Monmouthshire this week, but not a viewing point this time around.

Nevertheless, the spire of St Mary’s Church in Monmouth certainly served as a significant landmark after it was rebuilt in 1864.

It was only 30 years after major works had been carried out on the spire when in 1863 it was reported to be in a dangerous condition with a noticeably increasing incline.

A public subscription fund was started to pay for the repair work, including door-to-door collections.

The tender was won by Henry Hughes of Bristol and some 50-foot of the spire was rebuilt.

In mid-July of 1864 work was complete and the contractor hoisted flags on the summit of the tower.

The workmen were treated to a celebratory sumptuous supper at the contractor’s expense for a job well done.

Photograph from the collections of Monmouth Museum at Monmouthshire Museums.

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