AboutSt 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.
8 am Holy Communion (said)
10.30 am Sung Mass
6.30 pm Evensong
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.
Trip up Spire - Adult £5.00, Child £3.00
- Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2016
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
- Gift shop
- Smoking not allowed
- Children welcome
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Parking with charge
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for hearing impaired
|Season (23 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2017)|
|Monday - Saturday||09:00||- 16:15|
* Sunday at service times only.
Tower tours Easter to Christmas, Monday to Saturday - check notice inside Church or check website for times.
Map & 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.
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.
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.
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.
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