Staveley is a small town just 4 miles from Chesterfield and is perhaps best known for its industrial heritage. However, it was settled before the Norman Conquest and was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as 'Staveleie', when it was owned by Ascuit Musard.
Staveley later passed by marriage to the Frecheville family who built and fortified Staveley Hall, extended the church and founded a grammar school. During the Civil War, Sir John Frecheville was a loyal supporter of Charles I who is said to have stayed at Staveley Hall after the Battle of Marston Moor. Following financial problems in the late 17th Century, the Frechevilles sold Staveley to the Cavendish family who now own Chatsworth.
The Chesterfield Canal opened in 1777 and passed through Staveley on its way to the River Trent. The Barrows and Markhams took advantage of the new transport links by both canal and rail to exploit Staveley's wealth of coal and minerals. They founded the Staveley Coal and Iron Company in 1845.
The Church of St John the Baptist has an unusual feature called the Miners' Shrine. It has a carving by a local craftsman of St Michael, the patron saint of miners, a piece of coal from Ireland Colliery (the nearest of the local coal mines) and a miner's lamp which remains perpetually lit. Though nothing remains of the industry today, it is a reminder of the town's past association and dependence on coal mining.
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Leave M1 motorway at junction 30 and take A616 (signposted Chesterfield and Worksop). At roundabout take 4th exit (A619, signposted Chesterfield). Follow road for approx 2 miles and enter Staveley.
Follow A617 to M1 motorway. At roundabout take 4th exit (M1 North). Leave M1 motorway at junction 30 and follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 into Chesterfield. At traffic controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At traffic lights keep left and go straight on. Select right hand lane and at roundabout take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). Follow road for approx 4 miles and, at roundabout take 1st exit (M1 North). Leave M1 motorway at junction 30 and follow route from North/South.
: 6 miles from Chesterfield station
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Public toilets
- Telephone (public)
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted