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Crooked Spire Church

Crooked Spire Church

Crooked Spire Church

Crooked Spire Church

 
 

Contact

Verger

01246 206506

Address

Church of St Mary and All Saints,
Church Way,
Chesterfield,
Derbyshire,
S40 1XJ

Details

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.

Service Times
Sunday Services
8 am Holy Communion (said)
10.30 am Sung Mass
6.30 pm Evensong

Weekday Services
Holy Communion
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

For further details see www.chesterfieldparishchurch.org.uk

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groups

Children welcomeSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Refreshments and toilets in the Saints Parish Centre next door to the Church.

Opening details

Sunday at service times only.
Tower tours Easter to Christmas, Monday to Saturday - check notice inside Church for times.

Prices

Free entry

Trip up Spire - Adult £3.50, Child £1.50

Location

Directions

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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.

From North/South
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.

From East
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.

From West
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: 0 miles from Chesterfield station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Refreshments and toilets in the Saints Parish Centre next door to the Church.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
  • flagstones

  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children

Notes

  • Meals for visitors with special dietary requirements can be provided if notified in advance. Wheelchairs can be provided if notified in advance.

 
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