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A Festival of Christmas Trees

Type:Christmas Event

The Crooked Spire Church
Church Way
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S40 1XJ
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A Festival of Christmas Trees

About

Come to the famous 'Crooked Spire' Church for a Festival of Christmas Trees!

The Spire is the largest church in Derbyshire and it’s filled to overflowing with more than 100 Christmas trees. The trees are decorated by local people, groups and shops, from WIs to scout and guide groups, from schools to high street stores, from accountants to Chesterfield Museum and many more besides.

Although Chesterfield Parish Church is becoming known for one of the biggest Christmas tree festivals in the area, although the spire of St Mary and All Saints Church is the iconic symbol of Chesterfield

Originally built straight, the spire is 228 feet high, and 'leans' 9 feet 5 inches from its true centre. It’s been crooked for so long that local people don't spare it a thought any longer, but it stands on the skyline like a question mark – how did it happen?

Legend tells of a powerful and evil wizard who tricked the Bolsover blacksmith into shoeing the Devil.  Shaking in terror, the poor man drove a nail into the Devil's foot.  Screaming with rage and pain, the Devil took flight towards Chesterfield. Skimming over the Church, he lashed out in agony, caught the Spire and twisted it out of shape.

But the most popular story about the Spire is that it was so amazed to hear of a virgin being married in the Church that it twisted round to try and see such a wonder for itself.  It's said that, should the same thing happen again, the Spire will straighten up…

Then, of course, there’s the truth – or at least the best guess. The Spire was originally covered in wooden shingles set on a wooden frame. Unfortunately, wood doesn’t last forever and, when the wooden shingles needed to be replaced, lead was chosen as a more hard wearing alternative. There were some advantages to this. Lead was plentiful in the Peak District so was easy to find and relatively cheap.

There were, of course, some disadvantages. Firstly the weight – around 32 tons of lead tiles cover the wooden framework of the Spire that was never designed to take this that much weight. Secondly, lead is a metal and it expands when it gets hot and contracts as it cools. One side the Spire faces south, so gets the sun all day, while the north facing side gets hardly any direct sunlight. The south facing lead tiles expand more than the north facing and this continual expansion and contraction at different rates has caused the Spire to twist.

Step among the Christmas trees to find the little cross on the floor that shows exactly where the tip of the spire currently stands.

Guide Prices

Admission to the Church is free - donations gratefully accepted.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments - The Spire by Stephenson's is just a few steps outside the Churchyard

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

Season (19 Nov 2018 - 22 Nov 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Thursday10:00 - 17:00
Season (23 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018)
DayTimes
Friday - Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Season (25 Nov 2018)
DayTimes
Sunday12:00 - 18:00
Season (26 Nov 2018 - 29 Nov 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Thursday10:00 - 17:00
Season (30 Nov 2018 - 1 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Friday - Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Season (2 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Sunday12:00 - 18:00

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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 (Matalan) 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.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 5-10 minute walk away

Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

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