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Encyclopedia > Chesterfield
Borough of Chesterfield
Chesterfield (Derbyshire)
Geography
Status: Borough
Region: East Midlands
Admin. County: Derbyshire
Area:
  Total:
Ranked 284th
66.04 km²
Admin. HQ: Chesterfield
ONS code: 17UD
Demographics
Population:
  Total (2006 est.):
  Density:
Ranked 221st
100,500
1522 / km²
Ethnicity: 96.6% White
Politics
Chesterfield Borough Council
http://www.chesterfieldbc.gov.uk/
Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
Executive: Liberal Democrat
MPs: Paul Holmes, Natasha Engel, Dennis Skinner

Chesterfield is a historic market town and local government district in Derbyshire, a county in England. It lies north of Derby, on a confluence of the rivers Rother and Hipper. Including Staveley, the population (2001) is 100,879, although the town itself is 70,260. It is Derbyshire's largest town (Derby itself being a city), although the county town of Derbyshire is Matlock in the Derbyshire Dales. Around 250,000 people live in the immediate area nearby including Dronfield, Bolsover, Staveley, Shirebrook and Clay Cross. It is located on the A61, fairly close to the M1 (via the A617 to junction 29). Chesterfield is the name of a town in Derbyshire, England It is also a placename in the United States of America: Chesterfield, Idaho Chesterfield, Massachusetts Chesterfield, Michigan Chesterfield, Missouri Chesterfield, New Hampshire Chesterfield Township, New Jersey Chesterfield, New York Chesterfield, South Carolina Chesterfield County, Virginia A chesterfield is also a... 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Contents

History

The town received its market charter in the year 1204 from King John and around two hundred and fifty stalls can still be found in the town centre every Monday, Friday and Saturday. A flea market takes place each Thursday. [Neilhughandafriendlypeasant. ... This article is about the King of England. ...

'The church in the eighteenth century as sketched by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm.'
'The church in the eighteenth century as sketched by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm.'

Chesterfield benefited greatly from the building of the Chesterfield Line - part of the Derby to Leeds railway (North Midland Line), which was begun in 1837 by George Stephenson. During its construction, 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. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 563 pixelsFull resolution (976 × 687 pixel, file size: 197 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Faithful reproductions of two-dimensional original works cannot attract copyright in the U.S. according to the rule in Bridgeman Art Library v. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 563 pixelsFull resolution (976 × 687 pixel, file size: 197 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Faithful reproductions of two-dimensional original works cannot attract copyright in the U.S. according to the rule in Bridgeman Art Library v. ... Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733-94) was an 18th century Swiss artist who specialized in watercolour and pen and ink media. ... This article is about the city of Derby in England. ... For other uses, see Leeds (disambiguation) and Leeds City (disambiguation). ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1837 - 1901) 1837 (MDCCCXXXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... George Stephenson George Stephenson For the British politician, see George Stevenson. ... Coal Example chemical structure of coal Coal (pronounced ) is a fossil fuel formed in swamp ecosystems where plant remains were saved by water and mud from oxidization and biodegradation. ... Clay Cross Tunnel is a 1784-yard tunnel on the former North Midland Railway line near Clay Cross in Derbyshire now part of the Midland Main Line. ... Clay Cross in Chesterfield is a former mining village and civil parish in the North East Derbyshire district of Derbyshire, England. ...


During his time in Chesterfield, Stephenson lived at Tapton House, and remained there until his death in 1848. He is interred in Trinity Church. In 2006, a statue of Stephenson was erected outside Chesterfield railway station. Tapton House is situated in Chesterfield, North Derbyshire, England. ... For the architectural structure, see Church (building). ... Chesterfield railway station is a medium-sized railway station, 12 miles (20km) south of Sheffield Midland station and to the east of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, town centre. ...

The crooked spire today
The crooked spire today

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. Download high resolution version (194x721, 23 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (194x721, 23 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... A modern spire on the Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre A spire is a tapering conical or pyramidal structure on the top of a building, particularly a church tower. ...

The twist in the Spire
The twist in the Spire

The spire is both twisted and leaning, twisting 45 degrees and leaning 9 feet 6 inches from its true centre. The leaning characteristic is believed to be the result of the absence of skilled craftsmen (the Black Death had been gone only twelve years prior to the spire's completion), insufficient cross-bracing, and the use of unseasoned timber. There have been other explanations: One is that the spire was so shocked to learn of the marriage of a virgin in the church that it bent down to get a closer look. Should this happen again, it is said that the spire will straighten and return to its true position. Another is that a Bolsover blacksmith mis-shoed the Devil, who leaped over the spire in pain, knocking it out of shape. [1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article concerns the mid fourteenth century pandemic. ... Matrimony redirects here. ... In Roman times, Vestal Virgins were strictly celibate or they were punished by death. ... Statistics Population: 11,291 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SK475706 Administration District: Bolsover Shire county: Derbyshire Region: East Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Derbyshire Historic county: Derbyshire Services Police force: Derbyshire Constabulary Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: {{{Ambulance}}} Post office and telephone Post town... This is an overview of the Devil. ...


A new landmark is being erected on the outskirts of the town - the Solar Pyramid, which will be built by the side of the M1 at Poolsbrook. Work on the 'sculpture', which will be the largest in the UK, commenced late Summer 2007 and is expected to be complete by mid-2008. The Solar Pyramid is a proposed sculpture in Poolsbrook Country Park, Poolsbrook, Staveley, England. ... The M1 motorway heading south towards junction 37 at Barnsley, South Yorkshire. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


Chesterfield's current boundaries date from April 1, 1974, when under the Local Government Act 1972, Chesterfield took in the urban district of Staveley and the parish of Brimington from Chesterfield Rural District. is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The Local Government Act 1972 (1972 c. ... In the British Isles an urban district was a type of local government district which covered an urbanised area. ... See also Staveley, Cumbria, Staveley, North Yorkshire. ... North East Derbyshire is a local government district in Derbyshire, England. ...


Chesterfield is the location for the headquarters of the local newspaper, the Derbyshire Times. The Derbyshire Times is a local newspaper published in northern Derbyshire. ...


Local economy

In the last 30 years, the economy in and around Chesterfield has 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
  • Bolsover
  • Grassmoor
  • North Wingfield
  • Holmewood

From 1981 to 2002, 15,000 jobs in the coal industry disappeared[2] and not a single colliery remains open, although open cast mining continued at Arkwright until a few years ago. Many of the sites were restored by contractor Killingleys for Derbyshire County Council. El Chino, located near Silver City, New Mexico, is an open-pit copper mine Open-pit mining, or opencast mining, refers to a method of extracting rock or minerals from the earth by their removal from an open pit or borrow. ... For the settlement with a similar name in the USA see Arkwright, New York Arkwright Town, commonly referred to as Arkwright, is a settlement in North East Derbyshire, England that is notable for having moved its location in the early 1990s. ...


Very little evidence of the industry remains today; a cyclist and walkers route, the so called "Five Pits Trail" now links some of the former collieries and most of the sites are now indistinguishable from the surrounding countryside.


Within the town itself, large factories and major employers have disappeared or relocated in the last 10 years including:

  • Bryan Donkin (near to Horn's Bridge Roundabout) which is under development as Spire Walk Business Park
  • Chesterfield Cylinders (now Alma Leisure Park, includes Cannons Health Club, a Cineworld, Frankie and Benny's, McDonalds, Hobby Horse pub, and a Blockbusters)
  • Markham & Co. (The Channel Tunnel between England and France used Tunnel Boring Machines manufactured here. The factory site is now a private housing estate).
  • Dema Glass (site for Chesterfield's new football ground, which is now currently in development)

Whilst others have downsized significantly: Cineworld Cinemas is a multiplex cinema chain in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Jersey. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants [1]. Although McDonalds did not invent the hamburger or fast food, its name has become nearly synonymous with both. ... Blockbuster Inc. ... The British terminal at Cheriton in west Folkestone, from the Pilgrims Way. ... A tunnel boring machine that was used at Yucca Mountain. ... A housing estate is a medium-to-low density residential area, usually part of a suburb of a town or city in a developed country. ...

  • GKN plc
  • Robinson's (has demolished several buildings and cut thousands of jobs)

Manufacturing employment has fallen by a third since 1991, though the percentage of the population employed in manufacturing is still above the national average[2], 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.


Next to Tesco there is a 40 acre clearing due to Arnold Laver being demolished, and in its place there will be a new village including housing and new shops. , For other uses, see Tesco (disambiguation). ... Arnold Laver is a timber merchant based in Sheffield. ...


There is a Morrisons on the junction of Chatsworth Road (A619) and Walton Road (A632), a Sainsburys on Rother Way (A619 for Staveley), and a Tesco on the junction of the A619 and A61 (known as the Tesco Roundabout). The Institute of Business Advisers is based on Queen Street North. The Chesterfield Royal Hospital is on the A632 out towards Calow and Bolsover. For other uses, see Morrison. ... Chatsworth may mean: Chatsworth House Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada Chatsworth, Georgia Chatsworth, California Chatsworth, Illinois Chatsworth, Iowa Chatsworth, New Jersey Chatsworth, Durban, South Africa This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... J Sainsbury HQ in Holborn Circus J Sainsbury plc is the parent company of Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd, commonly known as Sainsburys, which is a chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom. ... , For other uses, see Tesco (disambiguation). ... The A61 is a major road in England, running from Alfreton in Derbyshire to Thirsk in North Yorkshire. ... Calow is a village in Derbyshire, UK. It is in the North East Derbyshire district of the county. ... Statistics Population: 11,291 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SK475706 Administration District: Bolsover Shire county: Derbyshire Region: East Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Derbyshire Historic county: Derbyshire Services Police force: Derbyshire Constabulary Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: {{{Ambulance}}} Post office and telephone Post town...


Peak FM broadcasts from Sheepbridge on 107.4FM and 102FM via the nearby Chesterfield Transmitter, which also has BBC Radio Sheffield on 94.7FM. There are no DAB transmitters in Derbyshire yet, although some digital radio stations can be received from outlying transmitters. The local television stations are ITV Yorkshire and BBC Look North, both transmitted from Leeds. The digital switchover date for the area is 2011. The Chesterfield Transmitter is a television and radio transmitter which serves the town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire and surrounding areas. ... BBC Radio Sheffield is the BBC Local Radio service for English metropolitan county of South Yorkshire and the North Midlands. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The BBC Look North ident Look North is the BBC local regional news programme for the BBC Yorkshire area. ... Digital switchover is the name given to the process in which analogue broadcast television in an area is converted to digital television. ...


The town's biggest employer is the large and newly constructed Post Office located on the edge of the town centre. The Royal Mail's Pensions Service Centre is in the town on West Bars; formerly this was at Chetwynd House, now substantially demolished and replaced by the new Post Office building. Here a work by sculptor 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"). Soon after its installation a painted nose and mouth were added, and the work was surrounded by screens for some time while cleaning took place. The work was under the threat of being sold in 2005, but the plan was eventually scrapped.[3] Royal Mail is the national postal service of the United Kingdom. ... Hepworths Family of Man in bronze, 1970, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ...


Shopping, entertainment and leisure

Queens Park Leisure Centre

Chesterfield has a vast array of leisure, entertainment and social facilities. The Queens Park is located within the town centre and recently benefited from a multi-million pound programme of investment. Also on the outskirts of the park is Queens Park Leisure Centre, which has a large swimming pool and gym, several indoor courts (for a variety of sports) and several more outdoor tennis courts.


Vicar Lane

Vicar Lane after it was re-developed

The shopping opportunities in Chesterfield are numerous. Vicar Lane was redeveloped in 2000 to become a pedestrianised, open-air shopping area, that involved almost all of the existing buildings being demolished. The project was so large that two new streets were created in its development. It now hosts major chains such as Woolworths, BHS and Argos [1]. It is located near the crooked spire. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ...


The Precinct

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, more commonly known by local residents as "The Precinct", with larger shops including Somerfield and Boots, which was opened in November 1981 by the Prince and Princess of Wales. The design of the main axis of the development is in keeping with the prominence of the Crooked Spire in the town. It has entrances located opposite Chesterfield Market and escalators leading down to New Beetwell Street. An enclosed bridge links the site to a multi-storey car park built at the same time and next to what is now a coach station. “Prince Charles” redirects here. ... Diana Spencer redirects here. ...


Chesterfield Library's main entrance is located just outside The Pavements at the exit that is next to McDonald's with steps leading down to New Beetwell Street. The library spans several floors and was planned as part of the development, but did not open until 1985. In 2003 Chesterfield Library was the 8th busiest in the UK, an astonishing achievement considering that it serves only a large town not a city.


On 27 June 2007 the Somerfield store in the Precinct was completely gutted in a fire during which the roof collapsed. Fortunately, only a few shoppers suffered minor injuries.[4] A fire chief has reported the fire as being an accidental ignition. The fire started at 13:10 on 27 June and was not extinguished until 23:30 the same day. All the shops in the Precinct were closed and the whole area was evacuated. Other areas including the Market Hall were later evacuated as cordons were placed as a result of the smoke became more problematic..[4] is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Somerfield is a chain of small to medium-sized supermarkets operating in the United Kingdom. ...


Town centre

Part of Chesterfield's market
Part of Chesterfield's market

Despite all the aforementioned development, Chesterfield has retained much of its town centre from the pre-war era. As previously discussed, Chesterfield is home to one of the largest open air markets in Britain, the stalls sitting either side of the historic Market Hall. In the middle of town, a collection of narrow medieval streets make up "The Shambles", which houses The Royal Oak, one of Britain's oldest pubs. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ...


Near Holywell Cross is Chesterfield's largest department store, the local Co-op, more correctly "The Chesterfield and District Co-operative Society". Their buildings occupy the majority of Elder Way and include an enclosed bridge. Since 2001, this has been incorporated within Midlands Co-operative Society Limited - or Midlands Co-op as it is better known - which is the second largest independent retail Society in the UK.


Food and Drink

Cuisine available in the area includes Chinese, Indian and Thai restaurants and takeaways. Several night clubs are located around the town, predominantly towards "The Doughnut", more correctly called "Holywell Cross Car Park". Scattered around the town are many bars and pubs and west of the town centre the "Brampton Mile" provides 13 pubs on a one mile section of Chatsworth Road. Chesterfield's night-life is well-regarded within the area for both its variety and number of venues located within a relatively compact area.


The Arts

The Winding Wheel, previously an Odeon Cinema and Fusion nightclub, is a multi-purpose venue, hosting concerts, exhibitions, conferences, dinners, family parties, dances, banquets, wedding receptions, meetings, product launches and lectures[5]. Past notable appearances include Ricky Tomlinson and Patrick McGuinness. Odeon Cinemas is the largest chain of cinemas in the United Kingdom. ... Ricky Tomlinson (born September 26, 1939) is an English actor. ... Patrick Joseph McGuinness (b. ...


"The 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 Building), with a small auditorium, seating around 500 people [6]. A variety of shows are performed throughout the year. Also in the Stephenson Memorial Building is the Chesterfield Museum, until 1984 it was used for the town's lending library. The museum is owned by Chesterfield Borough 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.


Sport

Chesterfield is home to the Football League Two club Chesterfield F.C. who play at the Recreation Ground (usually referred to as Saltergate). Chesterfield FC are known as the Spireites, after the Crooked 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, however the start of the building work is yet to be confirmed. The team's most notable achievement of recent years occurred in April 1997, when they 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 games in recent history with Chesterfield having 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 a fierce rivalry with neighbouring town Mansfield. In 2006 Chesterfield FC beat Premiership heavyweights Manchester City and West Ham to move into the last 16 of the Carling Cup where they were narrowly beaten on penalties by Charlton. Despite their Carling Cup exploits, Chesterfield were relegated on the penultimate game of the season Football League Two (often referred to as League Two for short or Coca-Cola Football League 2 for sponsorship reasons) is the third-highest division of The Football League and fourth-highest division overall in the English football league system. ... Chesterfield Football Club is an English football club based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. ... Middlesbrough Football Club (commonly known as Boro) are an English football club based in Middlesbrough. ... Old Trafford (given the nickname The Theatre of Dreams by Sir Bobby Charlton) is an all-seater football stadium in the Greater Manchester borough of Trafford, and is the home of Manchester United F.C.. The ground has been Uniteds permanent home since 1910, bar an eight year absence... Mansfield Town Football Club is an English football club who currently play in League Two of the Football League. ... Manchester City Football Club is an English professional football club based in the city of Manchester. ... West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in West Ham, London Borough of Newham, East London, and have played their home matches at the 35,146 capacity Boleyn Ground stadium since 1904. ...


Also Chesterfield has a competitive athletic team which competes regularly all over England. Chesterfield & District Athletic Club is based at Queen’s Park Annexe - near Boythorpe Road south of the town centre, close to the cricket club. Chesterfield Swimming Club is based at the Queens Park Sports Centre on Boythorpe Road.


Queen's Park also plays host to Chesterfield Cricket Club and is an outground of Derbyshire County Cricket Club The pavilion at Queens Park Queens Park, Chesterfield lies within a park in the centre of the town established for Queen Victorias diamond jubilee in 1897 and is among the most attractive cricket grounds in the world. ... Derbyshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Derbyshire. ...


Chesterfield also has its own amateur Sunday football league that plays host to over 100 teams on a Sunday morning. The Chesterfield and District Sunday Football League consists of nine divisions and 3 cup competitions.


Chesterfield Spires RLFC are a Rugby League club formed in the town in 2003 and currently play in the RL Merit League Chesterfield Spires RLFC is a rugby league club in Chesterfield, playing in the Midlands Merit League. ... Rugby league football is a full-contact team sport played with a prolate spheroid-shaped ball by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular grass field. ...


A speedway training track operated at Glasshouse Farm in the early 1950s.


Transport

Roads

Junction 29 of the M1 motorway at Heath links Chesterfield to the motorway network, via the A617 dual-carriageway. Construction of the new Junction 29a has recently commenced at Markham Vale, Duckmanton. Other major roads include the A61 Derby Road (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. The M1 motorway heading south towards junction 37 at Barnsley, South Yorkshire. ... Heath is a village in the English county of Derbyshire. ... The A61 is a major road in England, running from Alfreton in Derbyshire to Thirsk in North Yorkshire. ... The Peak District is an upland area in central and northern England, lying mainly in northern Derbyshire, but also covering parts of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, and South and West Yorkshire. ... Bakewell is a small market town in Derbyshire, England, deriving its name from Badecas Well. According to the UK 2001 census the civil parish of Bakewell had a population of 3,979. ... , Matlock is the county town of Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom. ...


Buses & Coaches

Stagecoach plc are the predominant operator of buses, the only other significant operators are TM Travel and Trent Barton. A new coach station was recently built, with scheduled services provided by National Express. A number of tour companies also operate there. The Stagecoach depot at Stonegravels is notable for its size and many vehicles stored there are not in regular use. Several firms operate taxi services. A Stagecoach West Scotland vehicle in the UK Bus corporate livery. ... trent barton is the result of merging Derbyshires Trent Buses with Nottinghamshires Barton. ... Chesterfield Coach Station opened on 3rd May 2005, and is in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. ... National Express coach on route 561 National Express is the brand under which the majority of long distance bus and coach services in the United Kingdom are marketed, and also the company that manages this network and operates some of the services. ...


Railways

Chesterfield railway station is located on the Midland Main Line, with East Midlands Trains providing services to London, Sheffield, Leicester, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham and Norwich and CrossCountry serving Newcastle, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Edinburgh and Plymouth. Chesterfield railway station is a medium-sized railway station, 12 miles (20km) south of Sheffield Midland station and to the east of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, town centre. ... The Midland Main Line is a main railway line in the United Kingdom, part of the British railway system. ... Norwich will be at the eastern tip of the franchise area. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... This article discusses Leicester in England. ... For other uses, see Leeds (disambiguation) and Leeds City (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Nottingham (disambiguation). ... For other places with the same name, see Norwich (disambiguation). ... This article is about CrossCountry trains. ... This article is about a city in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the British city. ... , Bournemouth ( ) is a large town and tourist resort, situated on the south coast of England. ... This article is about the English city. ... For other uses, see Edinburgh (disambiguation). ... This article is about the city of Plymouth in England. ...


Chesterfield previously had two other rail stations:

  • Chesterfield Market Place railway station was closed in 1951, following the collapse of Bolsover tunnel. 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 remain, the site of the former station is 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 and the station was demolished in 1973 to make way for this.

These railways all crossed each other at Horns Bridge, the Midland Mainline passed over the GCR loop in to Chesterfield, and the LD&ECR passed over both on a 700 feet long viaduct. Horns Bridge has been substantially redeveloped since the latter two railways closed and Horns Bridge Roundabout, where the A61 Derby Road and A617 Lordsmill Street meet, now occupies the site. The viaduct was demolished in the 1970s. Chesterfield Market Place was a railway station in the centre of the town of Chesterfield, England. ... The Great Central Railway (GCR) was a railway company in England which came into being when the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway changed its name in 1897 on the completion of its London Extension. ...


In addition to railways, Chesterfield had a tramway system, built in 1882, and closed in 1927. The Chesterfield and District Tramways Company was a tramway system in the Derbyshire town of Chesterfield. ...


Air

The nearest airfield is Netherthorpe Aerodrome, however this is not licensed for commercial flights. When travelling by air, passengers usually do so via East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Doncaster Robin Hood and Manchester airports. East Midlands Airport[1] (IATA: EMA, ICAO: EGNX) is an airport in the East Midlands of England, near Castle Donington in Leicestershire. ... Leeds Bradford International Airport (IATA airport code: LBA, ICAO airport code: EGNM) is located between the cities of Leeds and Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. ... Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield (IATA: DSA, ICAO: EGCN) is an international airport located at the former RAF Finningley airbase in Finningley, South Yorkshire, England. ... For City Airport Manchester, UK, see City Airport Manchester. ...


Water

The 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. The Chesterfield Canal is a canal in the north of England. ...


Education

The borough of Chesterfield has many schools within and around it. There are several secondary schools in the area (most of which are community schools; Hasland Hall, Brimington Junior School, Brookfield, Tupton Hall School, Parkside, Meadows, Netherthorpe, Newbold (which has just moved into a new £17 million school building), Deincourt and Springwell) almost half have a Sixth Form. There is also a Roman Catholic school, St Mary's Roman Catholic High School, in Newbold. Hasland Hall Community School is an English secondary school situated in Hasland, a large village in Chesterfield. ... Brimington Junior School is a British community junior school located in the parish of Brimington within the town of Chesterfield in north Derbyshire. ... Head Teacher: Russ Barr Brookfield Community School is a secondary school with approximately 1300 students in Chesterfield, Derbyshire in the United Kingdom. ... Tupton Hall School is one of the largest secondary schools in the North East Derbyshire district with a large body of students and one of the largest sixth forms in the county. ... England, Wales, Northern Ireland The sixth form, in the English, Welsh and Northern Irish education systems, is the term used to refer to the final two years of secondary schooling (when students are about sixteen to eighteen years of age), during which students normally prepare for their GCE A-level... St Marys Roman Catholic High School is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, comprehensive school in Upper Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, that specialises in the teaching of languages. ...


A Further Education college, Chesterfield College, is located within a 5 minute walk of Chesterfield railway station and offers many courses. It has over 15,000 students [2] Further education (often abbreviated FE) is post-secondary, post-compulsory education (in addition to that received at secondary school). ... Chesterfield College is a further and higher education college in the town of Chesterfield in North East Derbyshire, England. ... Chesterfield railway station is a medium-sized railway station, 12 miles (20km) south of Sheffield Midland station and to the east of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, town centre. ...


Famous people

Famous people to come from Chesterfield include:

Other famous people associated with the town: content. ... Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, OM, GCMG, GCVO, KCB (February 22, 1857 - January 8, 1941) was a soldier, writer and founder of the world scouting movement. ... Girlguiding UK is the national Guiding organisation of the United Kingdom. ... (Bertram) Vivian Bowden, Baron Bowden of Chesterfield (January 18, 1910 - July 28, 1989) was a British scientist and educationist, particularly associated with the development of UMIST as a successful university. ... Paul Burrell in ITVs Im a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, 2004. ... For other uses, see Butler (disambiguation). ... Barbara Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn PC (October 6, 1910 – May 3, 2002) was a British left-wing politician, born Barbara Anne Betts in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (and brought up in Pontefract and Bradford, Yorkshire), who adopted her familys politics, joining the Labour Party. ... Simon Groom (born August 12, 1950) television presenter and former disc jockey, who is best known as a former presenter of Blue Peter. ... For other uses, see Blue Peter (disambiguation). ... Joanne Guest (born February 22, 1972 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire) is a well known English glamour model who has become a minor celebrity in her own right, She has appeared in a wide range of British top shelf magazines, including Mayfair and Men Only. ... For the singer, see Mississippi John Hurt. ... Ian Hyland (born 22 September 1971) is a British television critic who wrote a column for the Sunday Mirror from 2002 to 2005 and appeared on Fives The Wright Stuff from 2003 to 2005. ... Alternate newspaper: The Daily Mirror (Australia) The Daily Mirror is a popular British tabloid daily newspaper. ... Jeremy Kemp (born 3 January 1935 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England is an actor. ... Jovan John Lukic (born December 11, 1960) is an English former football goalkeeper. ... Henry Normal is a British comedian, television producer, presenter and writer. ... The Royle Family is a popular, BAFTA award-winning[1] television sitcom produced by Granada Television for the BBC, which ran for three series between 1998 and 2000, with a special episode in late 2006. ... Johnny Pearson (born June 18, 1925) is a British composer and pianist. ... Screenshot. ... Sir Trevor McDonald presenting the original final broadcast of News at Ten, from 5 March 1999. ... All Creatures Great and Small was the title given to a compilation volume first published in 1972 comprising James Herriots first two novels, If Only They Could Talk and It Shouldnt Happen to a Vet, which were considered too short to publish individually in the U.S. market. ... Samuel Pegge the elder (1704-1796) was an antiquary, born on 5 November 1704 at Chesterfield, Derbyshire. ... , Old Whittington is a village in Derbyshire 10 miles south-east of Sheffield and 2 miles north (and a suburb) of Chesterfield. ... Sir Robert Robinson, (13 September 1886 – 8 February 1975), won the 1947 Nobel Prize in Chemistry [1] for his research on plant dyestuffs (anthocyanins) and alkaloids. ... Plants with abnormally high anthocyanin quantities are popular as ornamental plants - here, a selected purple-leaf cultivar of European Beech Anthocyanins (from Greek: (anthos) = flower + (kyanos) = blue) are water-soluble vacuolar flavonoid pigments that appear red to blue, according to pH. They are synthesized exclusively by organisms of the plant... Jospeh Joe Screen (born 27 November 1972) in Chetserfield, Derbyshire[1], is a British international speedway rider in the United Kingdom, riding with the Belle Vue Aces in the Elite League. ... Highest charting single The Big Area by Then Jerico (1989) Then Jerico were a British rock band from the late 1980s who enjoyed limited success with two albums:- First (The Sound Of Music) - 1987. ... Robert Bob Primrose Wilson (born October 30, 1941 in Chesterfield, England) was a goalkeeper for Arsenal F.C. of the Football League from 1963 to 1974. ... See also Peter Wright (rugby player) and Pete Wright (musician) Peter Wright (born on August 9, 1916 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom - died April 27, 1995 in Tasmania, Australia) was a former MI5 counterintelligence officer noted for writing the controversial book Spycatcher (ISBN 0670820555), which was part memoir, part expos... MI-5 redirects here. ... Spycatcher cover Spycatcher is a book by the former MI5 secret service operative and Assistant Director Peter Wright. ...

Gordon Banks OBE (born December 30, 1937) is a former English footballer, elected in a poll by the IFFHS as the second best goalkeeper of the 20th Century. ... Chesterfield Football Club is an English football club based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. ... Anthony Tony Neil Wedgwood Benn (born 3 April 1925), formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, is a British socialist politician. ... The Labour Party is a political party in the United Kingdom. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Geoff Capes (born 23 August 1949 in Spalding, Lincolnshire) is a former British shot put champion, and former two-time winner of the Worlds Strongest Man title. ... The Venerable Edmond Francis Crosse was the first Archdeacon of Chesterfield and was the great grandson of the famous Norwich surgeon John Green Crosse. ... For the Major League Baseball player, see Maurice Archdeacon. ... This article is about Erasmus Darwin who lived 1731–1802; for his descendants with the same name see Erasmus Darwin (disambiguation). ... The Lunar Society was a discussion club of prominent industrialists, natural philosophers and intellectuals who met regularly between 1765 and 1813 in Birmingham, England. ... George Stephenson George Stephenson For the British politician, see George Stevenson. ... Chesterfield College is a further and higher education college in the town of Chesterfield in North East Derbyshire, England. ...

Twinnings

Chesterfield is twinned with: This article is about partnerships between towns distant from each other; see Twin cities for the unrelated concept of physically neighbouring cities. ...

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International events

Chesterfield is home to gluten free beer, with the first ever international gluten free beer festival held in Chesterfield in February 2006[12]. The event was hailed internationally as a success, organisers are working to repeat the event for the future. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) hosted the event with the cooperation of Glutenfreebeerfestival.com and brewers of gluten free beer from all parts of the globe have announced that they wish to attend and present their brews to the public at the next Chesterfield event, under discussion between the organisers and the local authority. Buckwheat (left) and sorghum (right), two key ingredients used by gluten free brewers Gluten free beer is beer made from ingredients without glycoproteins (gluten) that, for people with a variety of medical conditions, cause an autoimmune response that can lead to more serious conditions. ... The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is an independent, voluntary, consumer organisation in the United Kingdom whose main aim is promoting real ale and the traditional British pub. ...


External links

References

  1. ^ Chesterfield Parish Church home page
  2. ^ a b Chesterfield's unsuccessful bid for a casino accessed June 27th 2007
  3. ^ "Sculpture sell-off plans scrapped", BBC News, 21 October 2005. Retrieved on 124 September 2007.
  4. ^ a b Town Centre Store Fire - Chesterfield Today
  5. ^ Winding Wheel at Chesterfield council site accessed August 2007
  6. ^ Pomegranate Theatre site
  7. ^ Paul Burrell biography at IMDb
  8. ^ Simon Groom biography at IMDb accessed June 2007
  9. ^ John Hurt biography at IMDb accessed June 2007
  10. ^ Jeremy Kemp biography at IMDb accessed June 2007
  11. ^ Peter Wright's biography
  12. ^ CAMRA & The First International Gluten Free Beer Festival. Carolyn Smagalski, Bella Online (2006).

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