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Crooked Spire Church

Type:Church

Church of St Mary and All Saints
Church Way
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S40 1XJ
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About

St Mary and All Saints, the Crooked Spire Church, was built in the late 13th Century and finished around 1360. It’s the largest church in Derbyshire. The Spire stands 228 feet from the ground and leans 9 feet 5 inches from its true centre. The Spire was built straight and the reason that it 'twisted' may be the amount of green timber used during its construction. Then 32 tons of lead tiles were placed on top – enough to bend anyone’s back!

Daily tours of the Tower to the base of the 'Crooked Spire' take place Monday to Saturday from Easter to Christmas (weather and staff permitting). Tours will be advertised on a yellow notice just inside the Church entrance. This shows the time of departure and the tour takes about 40-45 minutes. In addition, regular tours take place on all summer Bank Holiday Mondays.

The Friends of Chesterfield Parish Church is a charity which helps to care for and preserve the town’s famous ‘Crooked Spire’ Church. To find out more about them, visit their website – www.friendsofthecrookedspirechesterfield.co.uk.

Service Times
Sunday Services
8 am Holy Communion (said)
10.30 am Sung Mass
6.30 pm Evensong

Weekday Services
Holy Communion
12.15 pm Monday/Friday
9.30 am Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday
5.30 pm Thursday
Matins are said daily at 9 am, and Evensong
at 5 pm

Refreshments and toilets in the Saints Parish Centre next door to the Church.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Admission to Church free, donations gratefully accepted
Trip up Spire - Adult £6.00, Child £4.00

Awards

  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access - Access for wheelchair users to the Church but not the Tower
  • Facilities for hearing impaired

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Parking with charge - Nearest parking St Mary's Gate Car Park

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

Season (23 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 16:15

* Sunday at service times only.

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    • Average
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    • Poor
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    Recent Reviews:

    • ithurbon
      Gillingham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Interesting history
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 20th August 2020
      A large church for the town, but with excellent architecture, including the famous crooked spire. Worth a visit inside as well. Read full review
    • Gypsy60_11
      Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
      Crooked spire closed
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 6th September 2020
      Have visited the outside of church to view the crooked spire since mid 1950s i have always been fascinated by it The interior is well worth the visit entrance was at side door becausethey were... Read full review
    • SGPete
      Tatsfield, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Uninspiring
      3 of 5 stars
      Friday, 18th September 2020
      The twisted spire for which the town is renown is truly spectacular and can be seen from miles around, However the interior is nothing special. Read full review

    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 (Lidl on left) 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.

    Accessible by Public Transport: Chesterfield station is 0 miles away.

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest train station Chesterfield, 10 minutes walk away

    Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

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