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The spire is the third highest of any church in England.
The parish church of St Elphin was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086.
The entire church was restored during the 1850s and 1860s, at which time the spire was added under the direction of Rector William Quekett.
St. Elphin's was badly damaged during the Civil War of the 17th Century, and in 1696 the tower was rebuilt. The nave was rebuilt in 1770 and the south aisle was added in the early 19th Century.
A church has existed on this site since 650AD, though nothing remains of the first few original churches up until the 14th Century. The oldest parts of the current church date to 1354, when a substantial church was built by Sir William Boteler.
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