Chesterfield is a market town and borough in Derbyshire, England.
It lies 24 miles (39 km) north of
Derby and 11 miles (18 km)
Sheffield at the confluence of the rivers Rother and Hipper.
Brimington and Staveley it had a population of
about 103,800 in 2011, making it the second largest town in the
ceremonial county after Derby. Archaeologists trace it back to a Roman
fort built in the 1st century AD, but soon abandoned. Later an
Anglo-Saxon village developed. The name derives from the Old English
ceaster (a Roman fort) and feld (grazing land). It has a street
market of some 250 stalls three days a week. The town sits on a
coalfield, which was economically important until the 1980s. Little
visual evidence of mining remains. The best-known landmark is the
Church of St Mary and All Saints with its crooked spire, originally
built in the 14th century.
3.1 County council
3.2.1 Coat of arms
3.3 Combined authority
4.1 Shopping, entertainment and leisure
4.1.1 The Pavements
4.1.2 Vicar Lane
4.1.3 Food and drink
4.1.4 The arts
5.2 Buses, taxis and coaches
7 Religious sites
8 Sports and leisure
8.1 Queen's Park
8.2 Queen's Park Sports Centre
8.3 Healthy Living Centre, Staveley
8.4 Skate park
9 Public services
10 Notable people
12 See also
14 External links
Chesterfield was in the Hundred of Scarsdale. The town received its
market charter in 1204 from King John. The charter constituted the
town as a free borough, granting the burgesses of
same privileges as those of
Nottingham and Derby. In 1266, it was
the site of the Battle of Chesterfield, in which a band of rebel
barons were defeated by a royalist army.
Elizabeth I granted a charter of incorporation in 1594 (or 1598),
creating a corporation consisting of a mayor, six aldermen, six
brethren, and twelve capital burgesses. This remained the governing
charter until the borough was reformed under the Municipal
Corporations Act 1835. The borough originally consisted only of
the township of Chesterfield, but it was extended in 1892 to parts of
some surrounding townships. There was a major extension when the
borough absorbed New Whittington and Newbold urban district in
1920. Chesterfield's current boundaries date from 1 April 1974,
when under the Local Government Act 1972, the
Borough of Chesterfield
was formed by an amalgamation of the municipal borough with the urban
district of Staveley and with the parish of
Chesterfield Rural District.
'The church in the 18th century as sketched by Samuel Hieronymus
Chesterfield benefited greatly from the building of the Chesterfield
Line – part of the
Leeds railway (North Midland Line),
which was begun in 1837 by George Stephenson. During the work, a
sizeable seam of coal was discovered during the construction of the
Clay Cross Tunnel. This and the local ironstone were promptly
exploited by Stephenson, who set up a company in
Clay Cross to trade
in the minerals.
During his time in Chesterfield, Stephenson lived at Tapton House, and
remained there until his death in 1848. He is interred in Trinity
Church. A statue of him was erected outside
station in 2006.
Chesterfield is located on the confluence and valleys of the River
River Hipper at the Nottinghamshire,
Yorkshire Coalfield. The town also lies in the eastern foothills of
the Pennines, and is also known as a gateway to the Peak District
National Park or "The Gateway to the Peak" lying to the west of the
The area has surrounding portions of the South and West Yorkshire
Green Belt, primarily in place to stop urban sprawl into the
countryside. Other local greenfield frameworks in place include
'strategic gaps' maintaining the openness and landscape qualities of
large open areas, and 'green wedges' penetrating urban areas to
provide recreational facilities.
Local government in
Chesterfield is organised in a two-tier structure.
At the upper tier, services such as consumer protection, education,
main roads and social services are provided by
Council. At the lower tier, services such as housing, planning,
refuse collection and burial grounds are provided by Chesterfield
Borough Council. The borough is unparished with the exception of
Brimington and Staveley:
Brimington Parish Council and Staveley Town
Council exercise limited functions in those areas.
Derbyshire County Council has 64 elected county councillors, each
representing a single-member electoral division. The entire council is
elected every four years. At the elections in June 2009, the
Conservative Party took control from the Labour Party after 28
Derbyshire County Council returned to Labour control at the
2013 local elections, but reverted to Conservative control after the
2017 county council elections, when the number of Conservative seats
rose from 18 to 37, giving them a 10-seat majority.
Town Hall (1935-38) by A J Hope.
Borough Council consists of 48 councillors. Elections of
the whole council take place every four years, the last elections
having occurred in 2011. The borough is divided into 19 wards, with
between one and three councillors elected for each ward. The wards
are named Barrow Hill and New Whittington;
Brimington South; Brockwell; Dunston; Hasland; Hollingwood and
Inkersall; Holmebrook; Linacre; Loundsley Green; Lowgates and
Woodthorpe; Middlecroft and Poolsbrook; Moor; Old Whittington; Rother;
St. Helen's; St. Leonard's; Walton; and, West. As of 2011, the Labour
Party controlled the borough council with 34 councillors, while the
Liberal Democrats had 14.
The council chooses one of its members annually to be mayor of
Chesterfield, with the 371st mayor elected in May 2011.
Coat of arms
The borough council uses armorial bearings originally granted (to the
previous borough corporation) by letters patent dated 10 November
1955. The blazon of the arms is as follows:
Gules a Device representing a
Pomegranate Tree as depicted on the
ancient Common Seal of the
Borough the tree leaved and eradicated
proper flowered and fructed Or and for the Crest on a Wreath of the
Colours Issuant from a Mural Crown Gules Masoned Or a Mount Vert
Derby Ram passant guardant proper. Supporters: On the dexter
side a Cock and on the sinister side a Pynot or Magpie proper each
Ducally gorged Or
The shield is based on the borough's ancient common seal, which is
believed to date from the first half of the 16th century. The seal
depicts a stylised pomegranate tree. When the arms were formally
College of Arms
College of Arms expressed the opinion that the plant had
been adopted by the town as a symbol of loyalty to the crown, as it
was a royal badge used by Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII and Mary
The crest depicts a
Derby Ram, representing the county of Derbyshire,
and a mural crown, suggestive of a town wall and thus borough
The supporters on either side of the arms represent the Cock and Pynot
Inn, Old Whittington. The now Cock and Magpie Inn (53°16'13.1"N
1°25'34.3"W) is next to Revolution House, which was the site of a
meeting between conspirators against James II in 1688. Among those
meeting there were the Earls of Danby and Devonshire, commemorated by
the ducal crowns around the supporters' necks. The two birds stand on
a compartment of rocks and moorland. The motto is "aspire", a
punning reference to the crooked spire of the parish church.
The borough council was, as of March 2016, attempting to join the
Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, which is due to receive
Derbyshire County Council is opposed to this
development, and is seeking legal advice on whether the matter can be
taken to judicial review.
In the last 30 years, the economy in and around
experienced major change, moving the employment base away from the
primary and secondary sectors, and towards the tertiary area. The area
sits on a large coalfield and the area played host to many coal
mines, including: Clay Cross, Arkwright Town, Bolsover, Grassmoor,
North Wingfield and Holmewood.
Between 1981 and 2002, 15,000 jobs in the coal industry
disappeared and not a single colliery remains open, although open
cast mining took place at Arkwright
Town for a few years from November
1993. Many of the sites were restored by contractor Killingleys
Derbyshire County Council. Very little evidence of the mining
industry remains today. A cyclists' and walkers' route, the "Five Pits
Trail", now links some of the former collieries; most of the sites are
now indistinguishable from the surrounding countryside.
Within the town itself, large factories and major employers have
disappeared or relocated. Markham & Co. manufactured tunnel boring
machines such as the one used for the
Channel Tunnel between England
and France.The company was bought out by Norway's
subsequently merged with Sheffield-based Davy. Its factory on Hollis
Lane is now a housing estate; the former offices were converted into
flats and serviced office suites. Dema Glass's factory near
Lockoford Lane closed; the site is now host to a
Tesco Extra and the
Chesterfield F.C.'s new home ground.
its factory and the site is now being turned into a business park.
Other companies have downsized significantly. Robinson's, which
manufactures paper-based packaging in the town, divested its
healthcare interests which led to significant downsizing in both the
workforce and facilities in Chesterfield. Trebor, once based on
Brimington Road near
Chesterfield railway station, merged with
Bassetts sweets of Sheffield, was later taken over by Cadbury and
hasrelocated a modern unit at
Holmewood Business park. The former
factory has been demolished and the site is awaiting further
Chesterfield Cylinders relocated to a much smaller site
Derby Road site, is now Alma
Leisure Park, which includes a
Nuffield Health Club, Cineworld,
Frankie & Benny's, McDonald's, a Harvester Pub and a Nando's.
Their former factory on
Derby Road is now
Spire Walk Business Park, a
B&Q Mini-warehouse, a Toys-R-Us and Chesterfield's new fire
Manufacturing employment has fallen by a third since 1991, though the
percentage of the population employed in manufacturing is still above
the national average, underlining how critical it has been to
Chesterfield in the past. Today, smaller-scale firms are to be found
on several industrial estates, the largest of which is located at
Sheepbridge. Business located on the estate include
SIG plc subsidiary
Warren Insulations, Franke Sisons Ltd (founded in 1784 in Sheffield,
and one of the first to manufacture stainless steel kitchen sinks in
the 1930s), Rhodes Group,
Chesterfield Felt, and others.
Between the A61 and
Brimington Road there is a 40-acre
(160,000 m2) development site resulting from Arnold Laver
relocating to a modern sawmill at Halfway, on the
The former sawmill has been demolished, with outline planning
permission given for a mixed residential and commercial development,
Chesterfield Waterside, to be built around a new marina at
the end of the
Chesterfield Canal, which currently terminates at a
weir adjacent to the site.
There is a
Morrisons on the junction of Chatsworth Road (A619) and
Walton Road (A632), a Sainsburys on Rother Way (A619 for Staveley),
Tesco Extra on the junction of the A619 and A61 (known locally
Tesco Roundabout). The Institute of Business Advisers is
based on Queen Street North.
Chesterfield Royal Hospital is on the
A632 out towards
Bolsover and the only A&E Department in
Derbyshire outside of Derby.
Peak FM broadcasts from Sheepbridge on 107.4 MHz FM and
102 MHz FM via the nearby
Chesterfield Transmitter, which also
Sheffield on 94.7 MHz FM. DAB transmissions for
Chesterfield come from the
Chesterfield Transmitter, however only
Digital One is currently broadcast. The local television stations are
BBC Yorkshire and
Sheffield Live TV, both transmitted
Leeds and Sheffield. The digital switchover date for the area was
August 2011. Also in the town are the headquarters of the Derbyshire
Times, the local newspaper, which does not cover all of the county.
Chesterfield and North
Derbyshire Branch of the RSPCA is located
in the town, and serves the North East
Derbyshire area. The
centre, which is not government funded, holds events to raise money,
one being an annual Dog Show held in the summer.
The town's biggest employer is now the "Royal Mail/Post Office"
administration department located in a newly
constructed building located on the edge of the town centre. The Royal
Mail's Pensions Service Centre is near the town on Boythorpe Road, in
Rowland Hill House, which also houses other administrative functions.
There is a Post Office Ltd building in the town on West Bars called
Future Walk. Formerly this was Chetwynd House, now demolished and
replaced by the new Post Office building.
Shopping, entertainment and leisure
Part of Chesterfield's market
Town centre of
Chesterfield has retained much of its pre-war
Chesterfield is home to one of the largest open air markets in
Britain, the stalls sitting either side of the Market Hall. In the
middle of town, a collection of narrow medieval streets make up "The
Shambles", which house The Royal Oak, one of Britain's oldest pubs.
Near Holywell Cross is what was (until 2013) Chesterfield's largest
department store, the Co-operative or Co-op. The main building opened
in 1938, and now occupies the majority of Elder Way, including
an enclosed bridge, and part of Knifesmithgate; here the façade is in
the mock-Tudor style fashionable in the 1930s which still dominates
the north-side of Knifesmithgate in particular. In 2001, The
Chesterfield and District Co-operative Society was incorporated into a
larger regional entity, the
Midlands Co-operative Society
Midlands Co-operative Society Limited, now
the biggest independent retail Society in the UK. Owing to a
decline in retail sales, the large home and fashion Co-op department
store closed at the end of July 2013, although the food business
continues. The area is now being redeveloped, with restaurants, a
hotel and gym taking the place of the old co-op, and is due to open in
A street in Chesterfield
In the late 1970s a large area between Low Pavement (in the Market
Square) and New Beetwell Street was completely demolished (except the
original shop fronts) to build "The Pavements" shopping centre, known
by some local residents as "The Precinct", which was opened in
November 1981 by the Prince and Princess of Wales. It has entrances
Chesterfield Market and escalators leading down to
New Beetwell Street and the Bus station. An enclosed bridge links the
site to a multi-storey car park built at the same time adjacent to the
town's coach station.
Chesterfield's library is located just outside The Pavements on New
Beetwell Street. The library spans several floors and was planned as
part of the development. The building was erected later and opened in
1985. In annual figures compiled by the Chartered Institute of Public
Finance and Accountancy the Library ranked fifth in the UK for the
number of issues in 2008, a rise of one place on the previous
year. The area to the side of the library was redeveloped
retaining the old narrow passageways but creating various small shop
units & offices in the style of "The Shambles".
On 27 June 2007, the Somerfield store in the Precinct was completely
gutted in a fire during which the roof collapsed. Only a few shoppers
suffered minor injuries. The fire was reportedly the result of an
accidental ignition, after a welding torch being used to repair flood
damage had been left ignited. The fire started at 13:10 on 27 June and
was not extinguished until 23:30 the same day. All the shops in The
Pavements were closed and evacuated. Other areas including the Market
Hall were later evacuated as cordons were placed as a result of the
smoke becoming worse. Following the fire, Somerfield announced
their intention to cease trading in Chesterfield. The unit re-opened
in September 2008 as a
Tesco Metro store.
Vicar Lane after it was re-developed
Vicar Lane was redeveloped in 2000 to become a pedestrianised,
open-air shopping centre, that involved almost all of the existing
buildings being demolished including a Woolworths branch and a small
bus station. The project was so large that two new shopping
streets were created as part of the development. It now has major
chains such as H&M and Argos. The development was originally
planned in the 1980s but was delayed due to the economics at the time.
A new multistorey car park on Beetwell Street was added as part of the
revised plan. The area is located between the "Pavements Centre" and
Markets and the "Crooked Spire".
Food and drink
Cuisine available in the area includes Chinese, Italian, Japanese,
Indian and Thai restaurants and takeaways. Several late-night venues
are located around the town, predominantly located in the Church Way,
Holywell Street, Corporation Street areas of the town. Venues such as
Apartment, Chandlers and Einstein's all offer great cocktails and
selection of world beers, whereas the likes of Association on
Corporation street offer a destination for the younger, more party
orientated crowd. Scattered around the town are many other bars and
pubs and west of the town centre the "Brampton Mile" provides 13 pubs
on a 1 mile (1.6 km) section of Chatsworth Road.
In February 2006, the first ever international gluten free beer
festival was held in Chesterfield. The Campaign for Real Ale
(CAMRA) hosted the event as part of their regular beer festival in the
The Winding Wheel, previously an Odeon Cinema, is a multi-purpose
venue, hosting concerts, exhibitions, conferences, dinners, family
parties, dances, banquets, wedding receptions, meetings, product
launches and lectures. Past notable appearances include Bob
The Proclaimers and Paddy McGuinness.
Orchestra give three concerts a year at the Winding Wheel.
Pomegranate Theatre" (formerly known for many years as
Chesterfield Civic Theatre', and prior to that the "Stephenson
Memorial Theatre') is a listed Victorian building (in what is now
known as the Stephenson Memorial Hall), with an auditorium which
seats around 500 people. Shows are performed at the venue
throughout the year. Also in the
Stephenson Memorial Hall
Stephenson Memorial Hall is the
Chesterfield Museum, opened in 1994. Until 1984 it was used for the
town's main library. The museum is owned by
Council, as are the Winding Wheel and the
Pomegranate Theatre. The box
office for both entertainment venues is located in the entrance area
of the theatre.
Royal Mail building Future Walk, on West Bars, was the former site
of Chetwynd House (referred to locally as "the AGD"). Here a work by
Barbara Hepworth Carved Reclining Form or Rosewall was
prominently displayed for many years and nicknamed Isaiah by local
critics, due to it resembling a crude human face with one eye higher
than the other ("eye's higher"). The work was under the threat of
being sold in 2005, but the plan was eventually scrapped, recognising
the piece's national significance. Other artworks of note include
'A System of Support and Balance' by
Paul Lewthwaite located outside
Chesterfield Magistrates' Court.
The town is located on the A61, 6 miles (9.7 km) from the M1.
Junction 29 of the
M1 motorway at Heath links
Chesterfield to the
motorway network to the south, via the A617 dual-carriageway. Junction
29a at Markham Vale,
Duckmanton opened at the end of June 2008, but
the signs do not signpost Chesterfield. The town has links to the M1
at Junction 30 and to the north via the A619. Other major roads
include the A61
Sheffield Road (north)/
Derby Road (south) (with a dual
carriageway beginning in the town centre and continuing onto
Sheffield) and the A619 (a major inroad to the Peak District,
eventually joining the A6 near Bakewell) and the A632 to Matlock.
Buses, taxis and coaches
Chesterfield Coach Station
Stagecoach in Chesterfield
Stagecoach in Chesterfield are the predominant operator of buses in
Chesterfield; other operators include Henry Hulleys,
Trent Barton and
TM Travel. Buses stop in several areas around the town centre rather
than at a central bus station. The Stagecoach depot at Stonegravels is
notable for its size and many vehicles stored there are not in regular
use. Formerly it was the
Chesterfield Corporation bus depot.
Chesterfield Coach Station opened in 2005, It was built on the
site of the old bus station, It is owned by Stagecoach and is served
by Stagecoach and National Express coach services.
The main taxi ranks are located on Elder Way and Knifesmithgate as
well as outside the railway station. Chesterfield's taxis can be
easily recognised to hail as they are black in colour with distinctive
white bonnets and tailgates.
Chesterfield railway station
Chesterfield railway station is located on the Midland Main Line.
Three train companies provide local and national services:
East Midlands Trains to St Pancras International, Sheffield, Derby,
Leicester, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester,
Nottingham and Norwich
CrossCountry to Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Edinburgh,
Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne, Penzance,
Plymouth and York
Northern to Barnsley, Leeds, Nottingham,
Wakefield and Sheffield
Chesterfield previously had two other rail stations
Chesterfield Market Place railway station
Chesterfield Market Place railway station was closed in 1951 because
of the prohibitive cost of maintaining
Bolsover Tunnel and the nearby
Doe Lea Viaduct, both of which were affected by mining subsidence. It
had served as the terminus of the
Chesterfield to Lincoln line, built
in 1897 by the Lancashire,
Derbyshire and East Coast Railway
(LD&ECR). None of the original buildings remains, the site of the
former station being now owned by the Post Office.
Chesterfield Central Station closed in 1963, in conjunction with the
general wind down of passenger train activity on the Great Central
Railway (GCR). Chesterfield's inner relief road, part of the A61, now
runs along some of the disused trackbed. The station was demolished in
1973 to make way for the road.
These railways all crossed each other at Horns Bridge, the Midland
Main Line passed over the GCR loop into Chesterfield, and the
LD&ECR passed over both on a 700 feet (210 m) long viaduct.
Horns Bridge has been substantially redeveloped since the latter two
railways closed and
Horns Bridge Roundabout, where the A61
and A617 Lordsmill Street meet, now occupies the site. The viaduct was
demolished in the 1970s.
In addition to railways,
Chesterfield had a tramway system, which was
built in 1882 and closed in 1927.
The nearest licensed airfield is Netherthorpe Aerodrome near Worksop
in Nottinghamshire, but it is less than 600m of grass. When travelling
by air, passengers usually do so via East Midlands,
Sheffield Robin Hood and
Manchester airports. These are all
within two hours travel time by road.
Chesterfield Canal linked the town to the national network of
waterways, and was the most important trade route through the 19th
century. Overtaken by rail and then road for freight transport it fell
into disuse, but has been partially restored since the mid-20th
century for leisure use. However, the section through Chesterfield
remains isolated from the rest of the waterway network.
The borough of
Chesterfield has many schools within and around it.
There are several secondary schools in the area including Hasland Hall
Community School, Brookfield Community School, Tupton Hall School,
Parkside Community School, Netherthorpe School, Outwood Academy
Bolsover School, Springwell Community College, Heritage
High School and Whittington Green School. Almost half have a sixth
form. There is also a Roman Catholic school, St Mary's Roman Catholic
High School, in Newbold.
Further Education college,
Chesterfield College, is located within a
five-minute walk of
Chesterfield railway station
Chesterfield railway station and offers many
courses. It has over 15,000 students.
The crooked spire today
The twist in the Spire
Chesterfield is perhaps best known for the "crooked spire" of its
Church of Saint Mary and All Saints and is why the local football team
is known as The Spireites.
The spire is both twisted and leaning, twisting 45 degrees and leaning
9 feet 6 inches (2.90 m) from its true centre. Folklore
recounts that a
Bolsover blacksmith mis-shod the Devil, who leapt over
the spire in pain, knocking it out of shape. In reality the leaning
characteristic has been attributed to various causes, including the
absence of skilled craftsmen (the
Black Death having been gone only
twelve years prior to the spire's completion), the use of unseasoned
timber, and insufficient cross-bracing. According to the curators
Chesterfield Museum, it is now believed that the
bend began when the original wooden roof tiles were replaced by
heavier slate and lead. The bend in the spire (the twist being
deliberate) follows the direction of the sun and has
been caused by heat expansion and a weight it was never designed for.
There is also no record of a bend until after the slate
change. The tower which the spire sits upon contains
10 bells. These bells were cast in 1947 by the Whitechapel Bell
Foundry in London, replacing a previous ring. The heaviest weighs 25
long hundredweight (2,800 lb; 1,300 kg).
Chesterfield is the Annunciation Church. It was founded by
Jesuits in 1854 and was designed by Joseph Hansom.
Sports and leisure
Chesterfield is home to the
Football League Two
Football League Two club Chesterfield
F.C., which formerly played at the Recreation Ground (usually referred
to as Saltergate).
Chesterfield FC is known as the Spire-ites, after
Spire in the town. In 2005 plans were announced to build a
new stadium on the old Dema Glass site north of the town in
Whittington Moor. Construction of the new stadium, named the 'B2net
Stadium' began in summer 2009 and was completed for the start of the
2010/2011 season. The B2net stadium became the Proact stadium for the
2012–13 season due to restructuring of the sponsoring company. The
team's most notable achievement of recent years came in April 1997,
when it reached the semi-final of the FA Cup, losing to Middlesbrough
in a replay following a 3–3 draw at Old Trafford. It turned out to
be one of the most controversial in recent history, with Chesterfield
scoring a goal not given when referee David Elleray decided the ball
had not crossed the goal line from a Jonathan Howard shot, a decision
which was later proved incorrect by video replays. Had the goal stood,
the club would have progressed to the final of the FA Cup for the
first time in its history – a feat which no club in the third tier
of the league has achieved. The team has fierce rivalry with the
neighbouring town Mansfield.
Chesterfield FC beat Premiership heavyweights
and West Ham to move into the last 16 of the League Cup where it was
narrowly beaten on penalties by Charlton Athletic. Despite its League
Chesterfield was relegated on the penultimate game of
Chesterfield Ladies FC have women's and girls' teams and is based at
Queens Park Annexe; it plays in the
Sheffield & Hallamshire Girls
Chesterfield also has a competitive athletic team, which competes
regularly all over England:
Chesterfield & District Athletic
Chesterfield Swimming Club, the largest competitive swimming club in
North Derbyshire, is based at the
Queen's Park Sports Centre
Queen's Park Sports Centre in
Boythorpe Road. In October 2011 the club began delivering the
programme for Derventio eXcel (Performance Swim Squad for Derbyshire)
for the North East of the county. In 2012,
Chesterfield SC took part
in the Arena National Swimming League and achieved promotion to the
top division at the first attempt. Further success led to increased
Queen's Park plays host to
Chesterfield Cricket Club and is an
Derbyshire County Cricket Club. The town also has an
amateur Sunday football league that hosts over 100 teams on a Sunday
Chesterfield and District Sunday Football League consists
of nine divisions and three cup competitions.
Chesterfield Spires RLFC is a
Rugby League club formed in the town in
2003 and currently playing in the RL Merit League.
Chesterfield also has a Men's Hockey Team, which typically competes in
the Midland's Premier Hockey League. The side has typically been
mid-table or battled against relegation until its greatest success
when it recruited Australian import striker Adam Clifford from
Tasmania. During his two seasons Clifford scored over 50 goals and
Chesterfield narrowly lost the league in the final weeks by a single
Chesterfield Rugby Union Football Club was initially formed in 1919
and played its first game in 1920. It fields three men's senior
squads, a senior ladies squad and numerous junior teams—the senior
squads can be found training on Tuesday and Thursday nights from
7 pm. They relocated to a new purpose built ground on the
outskirts of the town at 2012 Dunston Road from the former
Stonegravels site, the 2013/14 season was the first season at the new
ground. The facilities include three rugby pitches (one of which is
floodlit), numerous changing rooms and a large open plan bar area.
There has been success over the 2013/14 season with the 1stXV winning
the championship (Midlands North 4) and being promoted to the Midlands
North 3 for the first time in 25 years. The 2ndXV won the Notts, Lincs
and Derbys Cup competition to the delight of the large supporting
crowd. Notable contributions by Derek Sherlock, Gerraint Davies, John
Jefferson and Mark Blair along with a burgeoning supporting crowd have
helped secure their position in the league. The recent success was
locally publicised on the radio and in print form which has sparked
extra interest in the club and the game with a strong turnout of new
and existing players.
The club has been a nurturing ground for players who have made the
grade to professional level to such clubs as
Northampton Saints and
A speedway training track operated at Glasshouse Farm in the early
Queen's Park is located just outside the town centre, recently
benefited from a multimillion-pound programme of investment, allowing
it to host county cricket once again. Alderman T P Wood,
Chesterfield in 1886 proposed that local land should be acquired by
Local Board for the creation of a public park to mark the Golden
Queen Victoria in 1887, and officially opened in 1893. The
park includes a Cricket field, pavilion, lake, conservatory,
bandstand, and miniature railway. A further 13 acres (5.3 ha) of
land south of the park separated by a road was acquired as a memorial
Queen Victoria in 1901, and was laid out as a recreation ground
known as Queen's Park Annex.
Queen's Park Sports Centre
Queens Park Sports Centre was constructed in the mid- and late-20th
century within Queen's Park, adjacent to its western boundary, which
included a swimming pool, gym, several indoor courts (for a variety of
sports) and several more outdoor tennis courts, before closing in
A new £11.2 million building for
Queen's Park Sports Centre
Queen's Park Sports Centre was
opened in January 2016, on the Queen's Park Annex south of Queen's
Park. The facility includes: an eight-lane swimming pool, learner
pool, gym, eight-court sports hall, squash courts, training rooms,
exercise class studio, climbing wall, and café.
Healthy Living Centre, Staveley
The town also has a Healthy Living Centre within the
Staveley. The centre, which opened in Spring 2008, has a 25 m
(82 ft) swimming pool with a movable platform, an 11 m
(36 ft) climbing wall, leisure facilities including an indoor
children's soft play area, crèche facilities, a fitness suite, health
spa and dance studios.
A 565 m2 (6,080 sq ft) skate park was built by
Freestyle and opened in June 2009, on land behind Ravenside Retail
Park and B&Q near to Horns Bridge.
Chesterfield is policed by
Derbyshire Constabulary, and Chesterfield
Police Station, on New Beetwell Street, is the Division 'C'
Headquarters, with local police stations in Bolsover, Clay Cross,
Dronfield, Killamarsh, Newbold, Staveley, and Shirebrook.
In terms of healthcare,
Chesterfield has two NHS hospitals,
Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Calow, with
maternity services and accident and emergency department, and the
smaller Walton Hospital run by
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation
Trust. In 1984, the entire site of the old
Chesterfield Royal Hospital
in the town centre was purchased by an orthopaedic surgeon, who
converted the lower portion of the hospital, adjoining Infirmary Road
and Durrant Road, into the Alexandra Private Hospital.
As with the rest of Derbyshire,
Chesterfield is covered by the East
Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire
Rutland Air Ambulance.
Chesterfield is served by
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, which
has fire stations in Chesterfield, Clay Cross,
Clowne and Staveley.
Chesterfield fire station moved from Whittington Moor to a newly built
station located behind B&Q at Horns Bridge.
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Notable people to come from
Olave Baden-Powell, wife to Robert Baden-Powell and Chief Guide from
1918 until her death in 1977
Ben Barnicoat, racing driver
Steven Blakeley actor in TV drama series Heartbeat
Baron Bowden, English scientist and educationist, particularly
associated with the development of
UMIST as a successful university
Tommy Briggs, English footballer and football manager
Paul Burrell, former royal butler and author
Martyn P. Casey, bassist with
The Bad Seeds
The Bad Seeds and formerly Grinderman
Barbara Castle, former Labour Cabinet minister
Paul Cummins, artist, creator of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red
Jonno Davies, actor
Fred Davis, snooker player
Richard Dawson, former footballer. Played for Rotherham United,
Doncaster Rovers and Chesterfield.
Diego De Girolamo, footballer.
Connor Dimaio, footballer currently playing for Chesterfield.
Blair Dunlop, musician and actor
Francis Frith, photographer
Thomas Gascoyne, professional cyclist who set world records for
both 25 miles and the flying start quarter-mile. He rode in Europe,
America and Australia but died at the Battle of Passchendaele
Jeff Gilberthorpe, artist and author
Simon Groom, former
Blue Peter presenter
Jo Guest, former glamour model and
Page Three girl
William Edwin Harvey, MP lived here.
James Hill (TV personality), entrepreneur and winner of Celebrity Big
Sir John Hurt, actor
Daily Mirror television critic
Nigel Illingworth, cricketer
Jeremy Kemp, actor
Thomas Latimer, former
WWE wrestler. He performed in
WWE under the
stage name Kenneth Cameron. He currently works for
TNA Wrestling under
the stage name Bram.
Frank Lee, MP lived here.
Matthew Lowton, Premier League footballer
John Lukic, footballer
Rik Makarem, actor in TV soap opera Emmerdale
Violet Markham CH, writer, social reformer, mayor and
Geoff Miller, former
Derbyshire and England cricketer
Henry Normal, co-writer of The Royle Family
Paul Patterson, composer
Johnny Pearson, composer of theme tunes for Captain Pugwash, News at
Ten and All Creatures Great and Small
Samuel Pegge (1704–1796), antiquary, vicar of Old Whittington
Toby Perkins MP, British Labour Party politician, MP for Chesterfield
2010–present; Shadow Business Minister
Claire Price, actress
Sir Robert Robinson, Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on plant
dyestuffs (anthocyanins) and alkaloids
Joe Screen, international speedway rider
Mark Shaw, lead singer of 1980s band Then Jerico
Rose Smith, communist activist
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, former
Percy Toplis, criminal active during the 1910s
Eric Varley, former MP for
Chesterfield and past Chairman of
Mike Watterson, sports promoter
Mark Webber, guitarist in the band Pulp and curator of avant-garde
Bob Wilson, former football goalkeeper and broadcaster.
MI5 officer, author of Spycatcher
Other prominent people connected with the town:
Gordon Banks, England's World Cup winning goalkeeper played for
Chesterfield between 1955 and 1959.
Tony Benn, Labour MP for
Chesterfield from 1984 to 2001
Sir Montague Burton, founder of the Burton chain, opened his first
Chesterfield in 1903.
Geoff Capes, twice winner of The Worlds Strongest Man competition,
used to live in Chesterfield.
The Venerable Edmond Francis Crosse, was the first
Erasmus Darwin, (12 December 1731 – 18 April 1802), one of the
founder members of the Lunar Society, a discussion group of pioneering
industrialists and natural philosophers, was educated at Chesterfield
Kerry Hallam, artist, folk musician and writer, trained at
Chesterfield Art College for two years.
Alfred Seaman, Victorian photographer, opened his first studio in the
George Stephenson, mechanical engineer who built the first public
railway in the world to use steam locomotives, ended his days at
Tapton House, now a
Chesterfield College campus.
Ben Slater, professional cricketer for
Derbyshire County Cricket Club
Yangquan, Shanxi province, China
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Places adjacent to Chesterfield
Glossop, Hathersage, Hope Valley
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Bolsover, Shirebrook, Langwith
Clay Cross, Alfreton, Ripley, Derby
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Coordinates: 53°14′09″N 1°25′39″W / 53.23583°N
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