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Historic Site, free entry

Eyre Chapel

Eyre Chapel


Jean Barr

01246 231803


Newbold Village,
S41 8RJ


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.

Public toilets

Children welcomeDisabled accessSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Open by appointment only, at any reasonable time.


Free entry



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Map reference: SK 369728  Lat: 53.25092 Long: -1.44841

From North/South
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.

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

From West
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.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Chesterfield station


  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
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