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Video: Back on Top, First Church in Wenham Spire Replaced

The church put the spire back on top of its steeple on Thursday after it was missing for nearly two years.

The First Church in Wenham has a completed steeple again. A restoration company mounted a fiberglass replica spire Thursday morning, lifting the spire at about 9:40 a.m.

Rev. Mike Duda said the church is very excited to have the 1843 Meeting House restored. 

The spire was taken down in January 2009 after an inspection revealed structural weakness.

The cost of the replacement was paid for by a cellphone company, Metro PCS, which placed a cell tower inside the steeple.

Al Dodge of Wenham, 96, has been a member since 1929.

He was part of a crowd of onlooker who watched the new spire be lifted on top of the church, which sits at the corner of Main and Arbor streets in the center of Wenham.

He said the church has "always been there," through hurricanes and 167 years of wear and tear. 

Many prominent ministers have led the church, Dodge said.

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