A picturesque avenue leads to the church of St Mary, principally Early English and Perpendicular, with remains of Norman work, having a lofty tower surmounted by a spire, and containing several fine monuments, tombs and brasses.
He was also very judicious in the way in which he expended the limited money at his command; he did not fritter it away in an attempt to make the whole of a building remarkable, but devoted it chiefly to one part or feature, such as a spire or a rich scheme of internal decoration.
Apart from the spire, which was rebuilt in 1884, it consists of two parts of different styles and date.
The church of St Helen stands near the river, and its fine Early English tower with Perpendicular spire is the principal object in the pleasant views of the town from the river.
The church of St Michael has a Norman square embattled tower surmounted by a spire, and an apsidal chancel.
The Early English style is on the whole less well exemplified in the county, but Ashbourne church, with its central tower and lofty spire, contains beautiful details of this period, notably the lancet windows in the Cockayne chapel.
But there are forms in which the involution is " hyperstrophic," that is to say, the turns of the spire projecting but slightly, the spire, after flattening out gradually, finally becomes re-entrant and transformed into a false umbilicus; at the same time that part which corresponds to the umbilicus of forms with a normal coil projects and constitutes a false spire; the coil thus appears to be sinistral, although the asymmetry remains dextral, and the coil of the operculum (always the opposite to that of the shell) sinistral (e.g.
Rvg, Primarily right(subsequently the shell the spire comes to project on the right side, which was originally the left.
It is not certain that the projection of the spire to the originally left side of the shell has anything to do with the falling over of the shell to that side.
Trochus, shell umbilicated, spire pointed and prominent, British.
Monodonta, no jaws, spire not prominent, no umbilicus, columella toothed.
Shell not nacreous, without umbilicus, with prominent spire and polished surface.
Shell with very low spire, without umbilicus, internal partitions frequently absorbed; a single ctenidium; a cephalic penis present.
Shell with pointed spire; a short pallial siphon.
Shell ventricose,with elongated aperture, and short spire; proboscis and siphon long;operculum with marginal nucleus.
Shell turriculated, with elongated spire; proboscis short; siphon rudimentary.
Summit of spire heterostrophic; a projection, the mentum, between head and foot; operculum present.
Stylifer, the operculum is lost, animal fixed by a large proboscis which forms a pseudopallium covering the whole shell except the extremity of the spire, parasitic on all groups of Echinoderms. Entosiphon, visceral mass still coiled; shell much reduced, proboscis very long forming a pseudopallium which covers the whole body and projects beyond in the form of a siphon, foot and nervous system present, eyes, branchia and anus absent, parasite in the Holothurian Deima blakei in the Indian Ocean.
Shell with moderately long spire and canal, ornamented with ribs, often spiny; foot truncated anteriorly.
Shell thick, with short spire, last whorl large and canal short; aperture wide; operculum horny.
Shell ovoid, with short spire and folded columella; foot small, no operculum; siphon short.
Spire of shell prominent, aperture narrow, canal very short, columella crenelated; foot large.
Foot very large; without operculum; shell with short spire and longitudinal ribs; siphon long.
Shell fusiform, with elongated spire; margin of shell and mantle notched.
Shell conical, with very short spire, and narrow aperture with parallel borders; operculum unguiform.
At dinner, at which champagne was drunk to the health of the new chevalier of St. George, Shinshin told them the town news, of the illness of the old Georgian princess, of Metivier's disappearance from Moscow, and of how some German fellow had been brought to Rostopchin and accused of being a French "spyer" (so Count Rostopchin had told the story), and how Rostopchin let him go and assured the people that he was "not a spire at all, but only an old German ruin."