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St Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

(53°14′7″N, 1°25′28″W)
SK 385 711
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
  • Olivia Threlkeld
02 Sep 2014

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Chesterfield is nationally famous for its crooked spire, of which it is difficult to disagree with Pevsner's assessment of "comically twisted". This characterful accident however, most likely caused by the timbers warping shortly after construction, is not all that this impressive building has to offer. The main impression of this church is of elegant late Dec-turning-Perp usually found in the north-west Midlands (John Maddison has proposed a date in the 1390s). However, the N transept has an elegant Early English Gothic arcade that points to a church of some ambition and sophistication before the great 14thc rebuilding.

The church is cruciform with an aisled nave with a S porch, transepts with 4 chapels, a crossing tower with a spire and a chancel. It is of ashlar and the N transept was rebuilt in 1769 and the church restored by Gilbert Scott in 1843.

The only Romanesque feature is the font.


At the time of the Domesday Survey, Chesterfield was one of 6 berewicks within the manor of Newbold, which was held by the king. William II gave the church of Chesterfield with its chapels to the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln.






J.C. Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Vol. 1: The hundred of Scarsdale, Chesterfield, London, Derby 1877, 120-175.

Derbyshire Historic Environment Record MDR5337. St Mary and All Saints Church

Historic England Listed Building: English Heritage Legacy ID 83446

C. Hartwell, N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Derbyshire, New Haven and London 2016, 254-257.