Chesterfield Things to Do

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    RYKNELD SQUARE

    by alyf1961 Written Mar 27, 2013

    Rykneld Square is situated outside Saint Mary and All Saints Parish Church of Chesterfield (the church with the crooked spire).
    This square is where Chesterfield tourist information is. The square is named after a Roman road. The remains of a Roman Fort built in 70AD is buried beneath it.
    The fort would have covered the square and the area that the Parish church is built on. It is thought to have been abandoned in the 2nd Century AD. There is a bronze plaque in the centre of the square.

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    TOURIST INFORMATION

    by alyf1961 Written Mar 27, 2013
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    Tourist information is always a good place to start when visiting a new town or city.

    The tourist information centre was opened on the 29th of November 2002. The octaganol shape of the building represents the eight sides of the nearby Parish church spire. There are words printed on the outside walls of the information centre remembering famous people who were born or lived in the town, including Gordon Banks (England goalkeeper) and Lady Baden-Powell (wife of Lord Baden-Powell and founder of the girl guides)

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    Crooked Spire

    by tim07 Updated Jul 13, 2009

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    St Mary and All Saints, the Crooked Spire Church, dates from the 13th century. It was finished around 1360. The spire stands 228 feet from the ground & leans 9 feet 5 inches from its centre. The spire became twisted during its construction, unseasoned wood was used & when 32 tons of lead tiles were placed on top the weight twisted the spire upon the wood drying.

    There are guided tours of the tower Monday to Saturday between Easter & Christmas. The times are advertised on a notice board just inside the church doors. The price of the tour is £3.50 for adults & £1.50 for children.

    The church itself is free to enter & look round. There is a gift shop & refreshments inside.

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    The Twisted Pinacle

    by DavyJB Written Jan 12, 2007

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    The Twisted Pinnacle

    Most Saturday's and every bank holiday Monday you can go (for a small fee) on a guided tour of the Crooked Spire tower and get an insight about how this church tower came to be built. It is an amazing sight when you gat to the base of the steeple and realise it is not actually fastened to the building merely just sat on top.

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    Chesterfield Museum

    by DavyJB Written Nov 6, 2006

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    Museum & Theatre

    Chesterfield museum tells the story of Chesterfield from its time as a roman fort right through to the present day.
    It is open 10am to 4 pm every day apart from Wednesdays and Sundays and entry is free.

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    Sutton Scarsdale Hall

    by stevezero Written Apr 15, 2006

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    This is the imposing shell of a grandiose Georgian mansion built in 1724, with an immensely columned exterior. Roofless since c. 1920, when its interiors were dismantled and some exported to America. But there is still much to discover within, including traces of sumptuous plaster-work. Set amid contemporary garden remains.
    There are good views from the ruins over the nearby value.

    In the care of English Heritage

    Admission free at any reasonable time

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    Bolsover Castle

    by stevezero Written Apr 15, 2006

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    Bolsover Castle as a dominating position on a hill overlooking a valley. The present castle occupies the site of a medieval castle built by the Peverel family shortly after the Norman Conquest. Sir Charles Cavendish bought the old castle in 1612 and began work on his 'Little Castle' project. The castle was however built more for comfort than defence reasons.

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    Stainsby Mill

    by stevezero Written Apr 15, 2006

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    Stainsby Mill is a19th-century water mill in full working order in an idyllic rustic setting on the Hardwick estate. It has a massive 17 foot waterwheel which drives the millstones and other machinery
    You can watch the grinding millstones, then buy the freshly produced flour.

    In the care of the National trust

    Admission Charge -
    Adults £2.60

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    Hardwick Hall Gardens

    by stevezero Written Apr 15, 2006

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    Hardwick Hall has a fine collection of gardens which have evolved over the centuries with the house. There are fine formal gardens along with a parkland setting, with fine views over the surrounding countryside.

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    Hardwick Hall

    by stevezero Updated Apr 15, 2006

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    Hardwick Hall is one of Britain's greatest and most complete Elizabethan houses. The hall was compelted in 1597, on a site a mere stone's throw from the site of an older hall
    It was built for 'Bess of Hardwick', Elizabethan England's second most powerful and wealthy woman
    It is known throughout the world for its outstanding 16th and 17th-century tapestries and embroideries

    Now in the care of the National Trust.

    Admission charge. £7.80 - Adults
    Includes admission to the Old Hall, gardens and parkland

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    Hardwick Old Hall

    by stevezero Updated Apr 15, 2006

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    Hardwick Old Hall is the remodelled family home of Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most remarkable women of Elizabethan England. it stands beside the New Hall she had built later in the 1597. Though the Old Hall is now roofless, visitors can still ascend four floors to view surviving decorative plasterwork, as well as the kitchen and service rooms.

    In the care of English Heritage.

    Admission Charge-
    Adult - £3.50

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    GREEN BOWLING (LAWN BOWLING?)

    by birchy99 Written Jun 7, 2005

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    Green Bowling at Hasland

    After the dog show I took a walk around the park. I stumbled onto the green bowling centre. I'd never seen this sport before and as I approached I noticed that the spectators didn't notice me. They were so intent on the action that anything else was insignificant, not that I"m so significant, but I am from out of town and have a camera in my hand.
    I watched as these intent athletes bowled their balls one after another. I had no idea what they were doing as there seemed to be more than one game going on at a time. I really think this is a sport we should pursue in the US.

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    THE MOST IMPRESSIVE GATE

    by birchy99 Written Jun 7, 2005

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    Walking back to our B&B from the Winsick Arms we encountered this magnificent gate. Made of hardwoods and wrought iron it immediatley caught our attention. I guess you wouldn't drive out of the way to see it, but it is stunning when you just run across it.

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    The Hasland Community Center

    by birchy99 Updated Jun 5, 2005

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    Hasland Community Centre

    I loved this little hall. A brick building with a dance floor, stage, kitchen and meeting rooms. In the US we call it a Grange Hall. Obviously the center of the community, according to the bulletin board it is a very busy place, hosting everything from dances, dance lessons, karate, dog shows and flower shows to name a few events.
    The hall is located in a beautiful park where people gathered on this Saturday to play soccer, walk their dogs, play with their kids, or just sit and enjoy. Being spring, the flowers were beginning to bloom and people were coming out of their homes and enjoying the relatively nice weather.
    If one closes his eyes he can imagine, a small dance band, small groups of people chatting and James and Helen meeting at the Saturday night dance in a scene from "All Creatures Great And Small."

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    THE SUN INN

    by alyf1961 Written Apr 8, 2013

    This building dates from 1912 and is on the site of an earlier “SUN INN” which was built in the 1800’s. The Inn was used as a collection point to bring goods in and out of Chesterfield.

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