Greasley Church - Views From The Tower
w/e 21 July 2002

Watnall Chimneys

Travellers up and down the M1 motorway will be familiar with the tall chimneys on the old Watnall Brickworks site but few will have seen them from the parapet on top of the tower of St Mary's Church at Greasley. Here, framed by the pinacles and flag pole, the chimneys are one of the many landmarks visible from this vantage point.
Power Station

In a southerly direction, from left to right, it is possible to see the UHF televison mast at Swingate, the water tower also at Swingate and the chimney and cooling towers of Ratcliffe-On-Soar Power Station. I am also told that on a clear day and to the right of the power station, the new communications tower at East Midlands Airport at Castle Donington can be seen (some 12 to 15 miles distant).

The views westward over the stables are towards Heanor and the hills at Belper. To the left in the mid distance is the church tower at Eastwood whilst at the far right on the horizon is the lighthouse-like memorial to the Sherwood Foresters Regiment known as Crich Stand.

North, south, east and west - just when we thought we had exhausted all the views, we were reminded of another dimension by the sound of a small aircraft above us. It turned out to be a Spitfire on course for its home base at Hucknall Aerodrome, just north of Greasley.

But now it was time for us to return to ground level so with a final thank you to our escorts, we each in turn, grasped the rope securely fastened around one of the pinacles and ....
Down The Hatch

.... no, we didn't jump over the side to abseil down the tower, but used it as an aid to negotiate the trapdoor accessing the well-worn stone steps and descending via the spiral staircase.

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