Macclesfield isn't the only place where a church tower was never to reach its architect's lofty ambitions due to a shortage of funds. Inverness is another example with similar constraints depriving St. Andrew's Cathedral of twin spires. Apparently, the inside is supposed not to be so ornate either. For a sense of what might have been, take a look at the Free North Church in the city because the same architect was responsible for that too.
The mention of two churches brings me to an unmissable characteristic of Inverness: what feels like a multitude of churches on the banks of the River Ness. The cathedral is Episcopal Church of Scotland but other denominations abound too with Roman Catholicism and various strands of Presbyterianism being well represented. I found this observation very striking, especially in the supposedly post-Christian times in which we are living.