Visit Chesterfield and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Well known for its strange landmark, the crooked spire of its parish church, Chesterfield is also worth a visit for some of its fine, modern buildings. The new courthouse, circular and with a many-gabled roof, is a striking building in the modern idiom, while a new but more conventional structure is the glass and concrete block which houses the Accountant General's Department of the Post Office. The Town Hall, a gracious, long-fronted building with an impressive pillared entrance, built just before the Second World War, is set among wide lawns. The new College of Technology is another building which catches the eye. The footbridge linking Queen's Park and the piazza of the Accountant General's Department building, a graceful arch of pre-stressed concrete, is a beautiful design.
Although its spire is what has made the Church of St Mary and All Saints famous, the building itself is a fine example of l4th-century church architecture. Cruciform and 173 ft long by 110 ft wide, the church is beautifully proportioned. The font is Anglo-Saxon, there is an unusual hagioscope and three medieval screens, and a collection of perfectly preserved monuments to the Foljambe family, covering the latter half of the 16th century. The octagonal spire, 228 ft high, leans 7 ft 6 in. to the south, 7 ft 10 in. to the south west, and 3 ft2 in. to the west and its odd twist is believed to have been caused by the changing temperatures reacting on the lead covering of the wooden frame. Although it appears in imminent danger of toppling over, it has a very low centre of gravity and is quite stable.
The Anglo-Saxons called the place Cestrefeld, the first part of the name showing that the Romans had preceded them on the site. Some of the street-names are ancient: The Shambles, Glumangate, Packer's Row and Knifesmithgate among others. In The Shambles stands the only remaining Tudor building in the town, the attractive Royal Oak. At Old Whittington is the Revolution House, then known as the Cock and Pynot (magpie) Inn, where the Earl of Devonshire and his fellow-conspirators in 1688 plotted to overthrow James II and put William of Orange on the throne. The house is now a museum.
Chesterfield has strong links with George Stephenson. He supervised the building of the railway through the town and spent the last years of his life at Tapton House. He is buried in Holy Trinity Church. The glorious window in the church, and the Stephenson Hall which now houses the Civic Theatre, the Library and Information Centre, are memorials to him.
Nearby cities: Sheffield
Nearby towns: Bakewell, Bolsover, Darley Dale, Mansfield, Matlock, Sutton-in-ashfield, Worksop
Nearby villages: Barlborough, Brimington, Clay Cross, Dronfield, Heath, Hollingwood, Holmesfield, Holmewood, Hathersage, North Wingfield, Old Brampton, Staveley, Sutton Scarsdale, Totley, Unstone, Wingerworth
Have you decided to visit Chesterfield or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Chesterfield bed and breakfast (a Chesterfield B&B or Chesterfield b and b)
- a Chesterfield guesthouse
- a Chesterfield hotel (or motel)
- a Chesterfield self-catering establishment, or
- other Chesterfield accommodation