image for Historical Event item type160th Birthday of Spital Cemetery at Chesterfield

Historical Event, Sat 19 Aug 2017

Spital Cemetery

Spital Cemetery


Friends of Spital Cemetery


High Street,
S40 1PS

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160 years ago on 19th August 1857 Spital Cemetery was opened by the Bishop of Lichfield. Friends of Spital Cemetery welcome you to share its 160th birthday.

Friends of Spital Cemetery is a voluntary group dedicated to the preservation, conservation and restoration of this fine Victorian Garden Cemetery for the public benefit, and to explore how it can best serve the local community to ensure it remains for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

To commemorate this 160th anniversary of the opening of the Cemetery there will be stalls in St Leonard’s Mission Room, Valley Road, S41 0HQ advertising the work of local conservation, garden and history groups. Refreshments will also be available. This will be held from 11am until 5pm. Qdos Community Choir will also be singing.

In the cemetery itself there will be information boards.

Spital Cemetery is the oldest public cemetery in Chesterfield and the second oldest in Derbyshire after Derby itself. George Bidlake (1829/30 – 1892) and Henry Lovatt of Wolverhampton were the architects who were chosen for the design of the Chapels and Francis Calvert Gillett (1824 – 1896) laid out the grounds. He will have followed the fashion at the time to make a place resembling a garden (Eden) with trees and winding paths to give comfort to people mourning their dead.

In the evening at St Leonard’s Church there will be a talk at 7pm – 9pm (doors open at 6.30pm) by Professor Stevens Curl on the subject of: ‘Transformations – Landscape Garden to Garden Cemetery’. Professor Steven Curls has established an international reputation for scholarship and thorough investigation into little known fields such as this one - ‘The Garden Cemetery Movement’. Expect to be entertained and informed.

The talk is entrance by ticket only. Tickets are available from Liz Cook Acting Chair, FoSC. Please send a cheque to Friends of Spital Cemetery for £10.00 to 10 Alexandra Road East, Chesterfield, S41 0HF. Please enclose a s.a.e.

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsGift shop

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 19 Aug 2017 11:00 to 17:00 19:00 to 21:00


Tickets for the evening talk priced at £10.00 each



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Map reference: SK 384711  Lat: 53.23554 Long: -1.42613

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 hand lane and take 1st left (Beetwell Street). Follow road for approx 500 yards (passing Vicar Lane multi storey car park), and turn left down Park Road. Take first left turning into Beetwell Street multi storey car park.

For surface car parks at traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. Keep to left and, at next roundabout take 1st exit (continuous lane). At traffic lights select right hand lane and go straight on. At roundabout (traffic light controlled) keep in right lane and take 4th exit turning left into Rutland Road. Select right hand lane at traffic lights at top of hill and turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill East) and turn into car park on left or right.

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 2nd exit turning left into Rutland Road. Select right hand lane at traffic lights at top of hill and turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill West) and turn into car park on left or right.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Chesterfield station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
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