Burnley's answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa: the wedding cake building

All Saints' Church
All Saints' Church

Residents are sure to have spotted Burnley's answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the shape of the scaffolding-ensconced spire of All Saints' Church, with the building's tiered silhouette set to remain as it is until at least next month.


Work on the church began earlier this year after the local clergy was handed a timely Easter gift in the shape of a much-needed £160,000 The Heritage Lottery Fund grant to fund repairs to the Grade II-listed building's tower and spire, which have been undergoing repairs for the past few months. Further funding has been provided by the All Churches Trust, a National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant, and the Duchy of Lancaster Trust

The internal fabric of the 19th century building had previously been suffering from extensive water ingress, with water cascading down the interior of the tower into the rooms below, while further work will focus on the church's masonry work and internal structural timbers to improve its stability.

"We are very grateful for all the grant bodies who contributed, but without the National Lottery fund we would never have been able to carry out these vital repairs," said Keith Guy, a warden at the church.

Wrapped in bright white tarpaulin and a skeleton of scaffolding in the meantime, many have commented on the church's likeness to a wedding cake with it staggered tiers poking up from behind the trees in the local area.