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Victorian Philanthropy and Three Chesterfield Women

Type:Walking Event

Spital Cemetery Chapels
Hady Hill
S41 0DZ
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Spital Cemetery


A steady walk with one climb. This walk includes sites of interest relating to three fantastic local women either buried in Spital Cemetery or who had connections with Spital (Blanche Eastwood, Violet Markham and Mary Swanwick).

Leaving the Cemetery, we will follow the old mining track to the town’s original municipal 18 hole golf course, first passing Brambling Cottage (once the home of Blanche Eastwood).

We will then return to town through the golf course, taking in the Markham grave memorial, the site of the former Markham works with its “Snail Turbine” sculpture, the former site of the Eastwood Wagon Works and Chesterfield Workhouse. We will briefly visit the 17th century Unitarian Chapel at Elder Yard where Mary Swanwick worshipped. Finally, we will return to the Cemetery via the birthplace of Emma Miller.

We will conclude the walk with an offer of refreshments and a brief talk about the people buried in the cemetery and the work of the Friends group.  A slight diversion at the end to the site of the home of Winifred Jones, suffragette, will be available to those who are interested.

Walk grading - leisurely (walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience).

Organised by the Friends of Spital Cemetery

Guide Prices

Free of charge. Donations gratefully accepted on behalf of the Friends of Spital Cemetery
Booking essential



  • Free Parking - Near the Chapels or on Cemetery Road

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs allowed on a lead
  • Public toilets - Toilet available at some point on route


  • Accessibility of route - Route not accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs
  • Description of route - Circular walk, no stiles
  • Length of route (miles) - 4
  • Typical duration of route - 3 hours

Opening Times

Season (1 July 2021)
Thursday12:30 - 15:30

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Some parking available next to the Chapels or on Cemetery Road

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 right lane and take 3rd exit (A632, signposted Bolsover). At traffic lights (Bridge Inn) go straight on and, at next traffic lights go straight on again. Turn right 50 yards down road into Cemetery Lodge car park. For street parking, continue on road and take next right into Cemetery Road.

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. Keep in left lane and, at roundabout, select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632, signposted Bolsover). Then follow route from North/South.

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