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Lichfield Cathedral out of straw

A faithful farmer has built this replica of 12th century Lichfield Cathedral near his 250-acre sheep farm in Whittington, Staffordshire

Lichfield Cathedral out of straw

A faithful farmer has built this replica of 12th century Lichfield Cathedral out of straw near his 250-acre sheep farm in Whittington, Staffordshire.

Lichfield Cathedral out of straw. A team of English farmers have built a scale model of Lichfield Cathedral – out of unusual material – straw. It took them three weeks to complete before it was unveiled yesterday. Farmer Rob Gray, 50, decided to build the replica of 12th century Lichfield Cathedral which is near his 250-acre sheep farm in Whittington, Staffordshire. The monument is exactly one fifth the size of the original – the only medieval English cathedral with three spires.

Incredibly, the monument is exactly one fifth the size of the original standing 50ft tall, 74ft long and 14ft wide

Lichfield Cathedral out of straw, the monument is exactly one fifth the size of the original standing 50ft tall, 74ft long and 14ft wide

Rob used a crane to hoist the six half-tonne bales of circular straw onto the top of the model to make the famous three ‘Ladies of the Vale’ spires and buttresses. He said: ‘We wanted to do something special to mark the farm hosting the National Ploughing Championships and this is what we went for. We are pretty pleased with the result”.

Lichfield Cathedral out of straw

Proud Jonathan Eagles, one of the dedicated farm workers who helped build the impressive monument

Proud Jonathan Eagles, one of the dedicated farm workers who helped build the impressive monument

the farmers' creation

Lichfield Cathedral out of straw, the farmers’ creation

The monument is exactly one fifth the size of the original which is the only medieval English cathedral with three spires

The monument is exactly one fifth the size of the original which is the only medieval English cathedral with three spires

The real cathedral

The real cathedral

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