Here is the steeple
Open the door and
See all the people
Remember doing that as a child?
I have tried to find out the origins of the rhyme but without success.
However steeples go back a long, long way. Think Egyptians and obelisks. Church steeples and towers, however, were built high to be seen from far off as well as being bell or clock towers and all pointing towards heaven at the same time.
As far as I can tell, this next painting depicts a Norman church tower, somewhere in the English countryside, but where it is I do not know (I wish artists would put a bit more information on the back of their paintings). It is signed simply EJ. It is a watercolour and reminiscent of many an English churchyard and it only cost £3. What a gem.