Historic Site, free entry
Eyre Chapel stands on the highest point of Newbold Village, at the meeting point of four ancient trackways. It isn't known who first built a chapel at Newbold but, in the mid 1200s, the Abbot of Welbeck became Lord of the Manor of Newbold and may have converted an existing building into a chapel. The tympanum over the small doorway has been dated to the 11th Century.
The Chapel takes its name from the Eyre family who bought the manor of Newbold in 1570. After the Revolution of 1688 when James II was overthrown by his daughter Mary and her Dutch husband William, the Chapel was ransacked, monuments were smashed and tombstones taken away. The Chapel fell into dereliction and became a cow house!
The Eyre family renovated the chapel in the 1850s, after the Catholic Emancipation Act was passed. By the 1950s as many as four Masses a day were being said. A new and larger church opened nearby in 1965 and the Chapel was closed and fell into dereliction.
The Chapel was finally restored by the Chesterfield Civic Society and is now a listed building of historical and architectural merit.
The room is available for hire for meetings by contacting the Bookings Secretary Jean Barr, tel 01246 231803.
SK 369728 53.25092 -1.44841
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Select right hand lane and, at next roundabout take 2nd exit. Keep in right hand lane and go straight on through traffic lights and round 'Crooked Spire' Church. Select right hand lane. At traffic lights go straight on. Keep to right hand lane as approach large roundabout with car park in middle. Follow signs to Sheffield round the roundabout. At mini roundabout take 1st exit (Newbold Road B6051). Follow road for approx 1 mile to Nag's Head pub just before mini roundabout. Turn left into pub car park and go through to Chapel car park. Follow track on foot to Chapel.
Follow A617 to M1 motorway junction, then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 2nd exit, turning left onto Rutland Road. Select right lane and turn right at traffic lights. Follow road straight on through traffic lights. At roundabout select left lane and take 2nd exit passing car park. At mini roundabout take 1st exit (Newbold Road B6051) then follow route from North/South.
: 2 miles from Chesterfield station
- Disabled access
- Public toilets
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Smoking not allowed