Crooked Spire Church
St Mary and All Saints, the Crooked Spire Church, was built in the late 13th Century and finished around 1360. It’s the largest church in Derbyshire. The Spire stands 228 feet from the ground and leans 9 feet 5 inches from its true centre. The Spire was built straight and the reason that it 'twisted' may be the amount of green timber used during its construction. Then 32 tons of lead tiles were placed on top – enough to bend anyone’s back!
Daily tours of the Tower to the base of the 'Crooked Spire' take place Monday to Saturday from Easter to Christmas (weather and staff permitting). Tours will be advertised on a yellow notice just inside the Church entrance. This shows the time of departure and the tour takes about 40-45 minutes. In addition, regular tours take place on all summer Bank Holiday Mondays.
The Friends of Chesterfield Parish Church is a charity which helps to care for and preserve the town’s famous ‘Crooked Spire’ Church. To find out more about them, visit their website – www.friendsofthecrookedspirechesterfield.co.uk.
8 am Holy Communion (said)
10.30 am Sung Mass
6.30 pm Evensong
12.15 pm Monday/Friday
9.30 am Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday
5.30 pm Thursday
Matins are said daily at 9 am, and Evensong
at 5 pm
Trip up Spire - Adult £3.50, Child £1.50
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Wed 27 Feb 2013 - Tue 24 Dec 2013||Mon - Sun 09:00 to 17:00|
|Notes||Sunday at service times only.
Tower tours Easter to Christmas, Monday to Saturday - check notice inside Church for times.
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VenueCrooked Spire Church
Church of St Mary and All Saints, Church Way, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1XJ
Map reference: SK 384711 Lat: 53.23604 Long: -1.42533
The Crooked Spire Church is in Chesterfield town centre but has no car park of its own so the directions below are to the nearest town centre car parks.
Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Select left lane and take first left (Beetwell Street). Multi-storey car park on right hand side.
For surface car parks: at roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in right hand lane and go straight on. At traffic lights turn right (Spa Lane), take 1st left then left or right into car parks.
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (Lordsmill Street), then follow route from North/South for either multi-storey or surface car parks.
Parking : with charge
Accessible by Public Transport : Chesterfield station
Refreshments and toilets in the Saints Parish Centre next door to the Church.
Events at this venue
|Sat 13 Jul 2013||Evening of Music and Song - A Musical Kaleidoscope|
|Tue 30 Jul 2013||Crooked Spire Open Days|
|Mon 26 Aug 2013||Crooked Spire Open Days|
Self-assessed accessibility details
- The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
- The route from the parking area to the entrance:
- Is flat (i.e. without steps)
- Entrance is well lit
- Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
- From the entrance to reception / ticket area
- To the gift shop
- Good contrast between the floor and walls
- Contrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
- Hearing loop installed in public areas
- Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
- Seating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
- High chairs for children
- Seating available for visitors with limited mobility
- Good colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
- Audible alarm system
- Visual alarm system
Meals for visitors with special dietary requirements can be provided if notified in advance. Wheelchairs can be provided if notified in advance.