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The Cathedral Tower

THE spire on a grand scale is a problem which English Gothic did not solve for two hundred years. Coventry folk may claim that this problem has nowhere in the world been more successfully solved than at their Cathedral. The octagon and flying buttresses are nothing less than a triumph. We ought to honour the Botoners who began the tower in 1373 and the spire in 1432. Even apart from the exquisite spire the tower is, with the great window of St. Mary’s, a cardinal glory of the town.

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