ASHOVER: New roost for All Saints Church’s ancient weathervane

Ashover

The ancient cockerel weathervane that graced the steeple of All Saints Church at Ashover, for well over 250 years has a new home. It has been given a minor makeover and fixed to the frame of the bell-ringing chamber window above the font at the back of the church.

The cock, which is reported to date back to the mid-1700s, was dislodged from its lofty pedestal 128 feet above Church Street in the earthquake of February 2008.

It crashed on to the parapet around the tower and was subsequently found to be too fragile to repair and return to its original home.

A team from William Twigg Matlock Ltd, installed the old cockerel in its new home and have been thanked by churchwardens Anne Eyley and Brenda Shaw.

A new cockerel weathervane was installed during recent repair work to the spire and tower at All Saints.