Chesterfield Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by alyf1961
  • Things to Do
    by alyf1961
  • Things to Do
    by alyf1961

Chesterfield Highlights

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    stevezero says…

     Nice market town, with spectacular history and scenery in the area 

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    kazzbarr says…

     Too small........if your used to city culture - pubs and clubs your gonna have to head to Sheffield 

  • In a nutshell
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    birchy99 says…

     A nice place to visit. 

Chesterfield Things to Do

  • CHESTERFIELD MARKET HALL

    The market hall in Chesterfield was built in 1857 by the Chesterfield market company. It was bought by the Chesterfield corporation in 1872 for £11,500.Dancing classes and penny readings (for a penny you could hear a person read from a novel or a newspaper. This was very popular at the time as very few people could read or write) were held here....

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  • CHESTERFIELD MARKET PLACE

    There is said to have been a market here before a market charter was granted by King John in 1204. The market place was threatened with closure in the 1960’s and 70’s due to redevelopment. Locals refused to support the development and plans for it were scrapped. The market is the largest open air market in Britain with over 250 stalls.The market...

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  • SECKERS HOUSE

    Thomas Secker was the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1758. He was born in Sibthorpe, Nottinghamshire in 1693. Although the blue plaque on the wall states that this was his childhood home, there is some doubt as to whether this is the right building He went to school in Chesterfield from the age of 6, staying with his half-sister. After studying...

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  • THE PORTLAND HOTEL

    This now a Wetherspoons, (it became a Wetherspoons on 27th June 2001) where I had a little stop on my Chesterfield Town Trail.The Portland Hotel was built in 1898 and was well used by travellers on the new rail network. The train station was then just across the road and very convenient for weary travellers. The name comes from a local “Lord of the...

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  • THE SUN INN

    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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  • NO. 1 FUTURE WALK

    The General Post Office offices moved from London to Chesterfield in 1960 to save on running costs to the Royal Mail. A housing estate named “Loundsley Green” was built to accommodate the workers.The new building that stands today was built in the 1990’s and opened on 5th July 1999. Over 1000 staff worked here when it belonged to the Post...

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  • THE FORMER MAGISTRATES COURT

    The courthouse opened in 1965. It sits on the site of Lady Baden-powell’s childhood home. Lady Baden-Powell and Lord Baden-Powell both founded the boy scouts and girl guides movement.Because it was Lady Baden-Powells former home and due to the shape of the courthouse, the building was given a grade II listing.The courthouse closed when a new court...

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  • CHESTERFIELD TOWN HALL

    The area that the town hall is built on is known as Rose hill, it was once an estate with a manor house at the centre. The borough council bought the land and built the Town Hall in1938. It is a grade II listed building, built by architect A.J.Hope.

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  • ROSE HILL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

    This is a grade II listed building that was built in 1822. It was built by “the independents” who later became known as “the congregationalists”. The Congregationalists descend from a protestant theologian Robert Browne in 1592.

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  • ELDER YARD CHAPEL

    Elder Yard Chapel was the first dissenting place of worship in Chesterfield when it was built in 1694. The dissenters came about when Charles II brought out a common prayer book in 1662. He then introduced “the act of uniformity”, priest who would not consent to the new prayer book had to leave the church. They then worshipped in private until 1686...

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  • THE WINDING WHEEL

    The Winding Wheel opened as a picture house in 1923. It was then bought by the Odeon cinema chain in 1936. The building was also used as a ballroom and a restaurant. The Winding Wheel closed down in 1981 and was bought by the local council. It reopened as a concert hall and conference centre. It was named “The Winding Wheel” in 1987 and became a...

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  • MOCK TUDOR BUILDINGS

    These Mock Tudor buildings were built in the 1920's and are inspired by the Mock Tudor buildings in Chester.

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  • THE POMEGRANATE THEATRE

    The theatre was opened on 19th February 1949. Diana Rigg (Emma Peel in the Avengers) was once assistant stage manager here, she also made her first stage appearance here in “the passing of the third floor back” on the 31st March 1958.The theatre was originally called the Civic Theatre changing its name in 1982. The name Pomegranate is thought to...

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  • GEORGE STEPHENSON'S RESTING PLACE

    Holy Trinity church was built on land owned by the 6th Duke of Devonshire (he owned nearby Chatsworth house ). The Duke laid the foundation stone on May 17th 1837. The east window was given to the church by Robert Stephenson as a memorial to his father.George Stephenson who lived at Tapton house was buried here after his death in 1848. This church...

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  • STEPHENSON MEMORIAL HALL

    George Stephenson (1781-1848) was a civil engineer born in Northumberland. He built the world first public railway line. He moved to Chesterfield in 1838 during the building of the Derby to Leeds section of the North Midland railway.The memorial building was built in 1879 as two mechanics institutes and named in honour of George Stephenson. The...

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  • NO. 2 ST MARY'S GATE

    This house was built in the 17th Century by the Heathcote family, who were a local Derbyshire family. Caleb Heathcote emigrated to America and became Mayor of New York City. At the same time his brother Gilbert became the Lord Mayor of London. Gilbert was also the governor of the Bank of England three times. The Heathcote family also owned other...

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  • ST MARY AND ALL SAINTS CHURCH

    Its ponderous steeple, pillared in the skyRises with twist in pyramidal form,And threatens danger to the timid eyeThat climbs in wonder.Samuel Bromley 1822CHURCH OF ENGLANDThere were churches on this site previously but the church that stands here today was built in the 13th Century. The spire was added in the 14th Century and it was originally...

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  • RYKNELD SQUARE

    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...

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  • TOURIST INFORMATION

    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...

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  • Crooked Spire

    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...

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  • The Twisted Pinacle

    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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  • MY USUAL HAUNT

    I bought the Chesterfield "town trail" then I went to Costa to sit in the warm to read through it before following the trail.Costa as usual delicious latte and a warm atmosphere, just what I needed on such a cold day. LATTE AND A LEMON AND POPPY SEED MUFFIN

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  • The Best reason to visit Chesterfield!

    My parents 'discovered' the Tea Merchants a few years ago, and visit quite regularly, They raved about it, and I finally joined them there one morning for a pot of tea and a hot buttered toasted tea-cake. Blimey! this wasn't what I was expecting at all. If this was in London, York, Bath etc, it would be in their top 10 places to enjoy a cuppa!A...

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  • The oldest pub in Chesterfield

    The building dates back to the 12th century & is Chesterfield's oldest pub. It was originally a rest-home for the Knights Templar during the years of the Crusades. Earliest discovered records show it being used as an Inn in 1722.Both the interior & exterior are English Tudor style architecture. I popped in for a bit of lunch & there was a good...

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  • Proper Beer!

    Great place to go for a lunchtime bite and drink, there is a good selection of real ales and good bar food in nice relaxed surroundings and all are at reasonable prices.

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  • Oldest Inn in Chesterfield

    This is the oldest pub in Chesterfield, built in the 12th century and it has been an inn since 1722, the food is basic but tasty and all at reasonable prices, the choice of beers though is the reason it is popular it always has a good selection of real ales on tap to compliment the food. There are two entrances to the pub the top door leads into...

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  • BASIC PUB GRUB

    Winsick Arms is a local pub that caters to families. Although it is built in the Tudor fashion it is, aparantly a 20th century building. It has a standard pub area, a family dining room and outside is a childrens play area. A "pubMcdonalds" so to speak.The attendents are a bit inexperienced, but do have a sense of humor. Not knowing the local brews...

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Chesterfield Transportation

  • RAIL STATION

    Chesterfield rail station is just on the outskirts of the town centre on Corporation street not far from the church with the crooked spire (St Mary and All Saints Parish church).Trains run to and from:-LondonSheffieldManchesterNewcastleYorkEdinburghBirminghamBristolPlymouthThe original station built in 1840 was at the market place, this was known...

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  • BEWARE THE HUMPED PELICAN

    Yeah, you guessed it; I was scanning the skies looking for the Humped Pelicans. Had to look in the skies because there were no bodies of water around.This curious sign sits in the Haslund commercial centre. Exactly what a humped pelican is I have no idea, but I gather it is some kind of traffic diverter like a curious roundabout. Just another of...

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Chesterfield Shopping

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    by LizD Updated Jul 11, 2004

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    Chesterfield has two Markets, outside market stalls, and a inside market hall.

    In the market hall you can find a good selection food and groceries together with a selections of stalls selling clothes, cosmetics, books etc.

    Outside there are fruit and veg. stalls, clothes, fresh flowers, shoes, jewellery, toys, rugs, dress materials and curtain fabrics.

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    by DavyJB Written Dec 11, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Tourist Information Centre is situated at the side of the 'Crooked Spire' and has a mine of up to date local information such as booking guest houses or public transport timetables. It also won the Tourist Information Center of the year award in 2005.

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