On our short drive out on Sunday in-between the storms, we were passing through the village of Surfleet, in Lincolnshire, when to my astonishment, I saw a leaning tower poking out between the trees. We had passed the church, St Laurence, but I made poor long suffering husband back the car into a drive, and turn around. I have a fascination with leaning towers, and we have a quite a few in the Fens. This one is quite amazing, because it over looks the village centre, so I should think its checked regularly for movement, but it really does have quite a lean to it, about 2 meters, thats just over 6ft. If you look at the porch, that too seems to be leaning, but away from the tower.
This is the view that made me turn back, it was late, so I knew the church would be locked, but I just had to take some photos. Its a difficult church to take photos of, as it is surrounded by trees, but I did find an old postcard thats shows the church minus the trees, and with a great view of the tower. I should think the picture dates from the late 1800’s.
The church was built during the 13th century, and the tower soon started to lean after the construction of the spire, when the foundations began to sink into the fenland soil. The church was restored at the beginning of the 20th century, and it would have been interesting to explore the interior, but due to the time, it was locked, so we will visit again, but earlier next time.