Chesterfield is in north Derbyshire and is around 10 miles away from Sheffield. Chesterfield and the surrounding areas have a population of around 100,000 but the town itself has around 70,000 people. When visiting Chesterfield the first sign you see will declare 'Chesterfield - Historic Market Town'. Which is true. I think I can remember there being around 250-300 market stalls available. Chesterfield is most popular for it's famous Crooked Spire, which is why our local football team are nicknamed 'The Spireites'. The Crooked spire is located on top of Chesterfields largest church and is located in the town centre. A few years ago the council received funding for spotlights to surround the Church and now it is a really lovely sight and sets a lovely atmosphere in the town at night. Other than sightseeing and shopping, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied in Chesterfield. We have the Pomegranate Theatre which always has the latest shows playing and The Winding Wheel is a large entertainment venue which is host to various shows almost every night of the week. Here you will find varied entertainment, including anything from Ballet to theme nights, to Ju-Jitzu shows. They are also host to the Spotlight Comedy Club, which has many comedians from the edinburgh festival and many TV comedians such as Ed Byrne and Dave Spikey (is it Dave?, that one from Pheonix Nights? I think so). There is the Chesterfield Museum which is quite an interesting place to spend an afternoon. I'm not sure what is on at the moment but they have various exhibitions, usually relating to the history of Derbyshire. It is also free to enter and located within the town centre so makes for a nice free day out. We also have quite a large nightscene and I have many friends in Sheffield who come over each weekend as they actually prefer it here. We have lots of pubs and clubs within a short walking distance of each other throughout the town centre. There is also 'The Brampton Mile', this is a row of 13 pubs within a mile on one long road (Chatsworth Road) that leads to the town centre. We love a good drink in Chesterfield so this is quite a popular night out; a lot of groups start at one end, buy a pint in each pub and see who is still standing at the other end! It's quite an acomplishment to have completed the Brampton Mile, lol! I think a couple of the Pubs have closed down now but it is still a good night out. We also have lots of parks and grassy areas including the award winning Queens Park. Located just out of the town centre, it has large sports halls, 3 swimming pools and water slide and vast areas of green land. There is also a cricket pitch and a large pond where you can hire boats out in the summer. Queens Park also has it's very own train line! There is a long track around the park and you can take a tour of the park on the train for around £1.50 in the summer. Kids especially enjoy this as it is a steam engine so can blow it's horn just like Thomas! A lot of people travel to Chesterfield for the day as it is great for shopping and sightseeing and as most of the action happens in the town centre you can see a lot within one day. I would recommend Chesterfield, but then I would - I'm biased because I live here so you'll have to come and make your own mind up!
Chesterfield is a great place to live and has lots to see and do...it's a good place to base yourself for touring the Peak District and is with easy reach of Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby. HOW TO GET HERE - It's less than 10 minutes from Junction 29 of the M1. We have a Main line railway station; trains from London come via St Pancras (it takes about 2 hours on a good day!). We are on the National Express coach network and the nearest international airport 45 minutes away (at Manchester), there is an airport near Sheffield, but this only deals with European flights! ***WHAT IS THERE TO SEE? - ~~~THE CROOKED SPIRE. Chesterfield is famous for the 'Crooked Spire' of its Parish Church, St Mary & All Saints. It is visible on the skyline for miles and is our major landmark. On certain days (usually on Bank Holidays) and by arrangement you can go up the tower and look up to the spire (you used to be able to go further up, but that's been stopped for safety reasons). There are excellent views of the surrounding area too. ~~~THE MARKET. Chesterfield's other claim to fame is one of the largest open-air markets in the country. We have more than 250 stalls (this is sadly dwindling now) in the town centre every Monday, Friday and Saturday, and visitors on Thursdays can rummage around the flea market. We also have a popular Car Boot Sale on Sundays (on the Hollywell Cross car park) and a Medieval Market during July. There is also the famous Market Hall, built in 1847, that houses a variety of shops and a café. Around the Market there are some shops, banks and a lot of pubs. We have two Shopping Centres; the selection is pretty good and includes BHS, Marks & Spencers, Woolworths, Au Naturelle and Body Shop...as well as the usual round of mobile phone shops and card shops! ~~~STATELY HOMES. The Peak District National Park, with its stunning scenery, and many other beautiful places, are within a short dista nce of Chesterfield. Chatsworth House - the world famous 'Palace of the Peaks' and home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Haddon Hall - a lovely medieval building which retains many original features and has wonderful gardens and Elizabethan Hardwick Hall can all be easily reached by car or by bus. ~~~BOLSOVER CASTLE. Bolsover Castle is a semi-ruined 17th century castle set high on a hilltop, looking west towards the heights of the Peak District. They often hold historical re-enactments and you can even have your wedding there! It's a beautiful place and is well worth a visit. I am lucky enough to live very close by...the firework displays they hold there are a real treat! ~~~THE SHAMBLES. This was the place where the first shops in Chesterfield were sited. It houses the oldest pub is Chesterfield, The Royal Oak, which was apparently built in the Middle Ages (and serves London Pride Beer !). The old shop fronts are still in evidence and the pub serves some excellent Real Ale and home cooked food. A sign outside, records the fact that a pub has been sited here since 1772 and before that a rest house for ' the knights templar, a band of crusaders'. ~~~AMERICAN ADVENTURE. This can be found Ilkeston, Derbyshire. It?s a theme park with over 100 rides and attractions, shops and diners. We always used to go there and pretend it was Alton Towers! ~~~CHESTERFIELD LIBRARY. A very important place in Chesterfield for me! I work there and it is here that I met my husband. The library has many facilities; notably free internet access, even for non-residents ...just bring some proof of address and you're sorted! It has lots of information on the local area and some really friendly staff!!!! ~~~CHESTERFIELD MUSEUM & ART GALLERY. Until recent years we didn't have a museum, but now there is an excellent one located on St. Mary's Gate. They have special events and exhibitions showing our Industrial heritage and history. Well worth a visit and a good addition to our town! ***FAMOUS CHESTERFIELD PEOPLE - ~~~GEORGE STEVENSON. George Stevenson, famous inventor, is buried at the Holy Trinity church on Newbold Road, Chesterfield. The Stevenson Memorial Hall was built in his memory. ~~~SPORTSPEOPLE. The former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks. John Lukic, Bob Wilson, Kevin Pressman and Steve Ogrisovic all started off here. John Lowe lived here, and even owned a pub in the town! ~~~OTHERS. Bernie Clifton, the comedian famous for riding (?) an ostrich lived in the town for a number of years. Our MP was Tony Benn for many years and the infamous Dennis Skinner is MP for nearby Bolsover... where the castle is! ***TWINNING. Chesterfield is twinned with; Chesterfield/Tsumeb Our twin town in South-West Africa Chesterfield/Yangquan Our twin town in China Chesterfield/Troyes Our twin town in Northern France Chesterfield/Darmstadt Our twin town in Germany ...and there are often events related to our twin towns. I really like the town I am fortunate enough to live in. There's a great atmosphere here, loads of pubs and a good transport system that links us with the rest of the country. Sheffield and Derby are very close and we can easily get the bus or train to Nottingham. Most of the time we just stay here - why bother travelling when we have all the shops and entertainment we need so close to home? I hope you will visit my wonderful town one day and that this has given you a taster of what you will find here. Thanks for reading. Useful Information: The Peacock Centre Lower Pavement Chesterfield S40 1PB Tel: 01246 345777 Fax: 01246 345770 Chesterfield Borough Council Town Hall Rose Hill Chesterfield Derbyshire S40 1LP Email:email@example.com < br><br>Tel.: 01246 345345 Fax.: 01246 345252 Text: 07960 910264 http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/discod/discindex.htm
My friend ‘Tange” and I have devised the Pub Toilet Test for public houses in the Chesterfield area. Following the ten point scheme, as outlined below, we rate the pubs (not clubs) according to the state of their toilets. Please note only ladies toilets checked out. Best 5 (not in any particular order) The Market, Market Place, Chesterfield Spa Lane Vaults, St Marysgate, Chesterfield (JD Wetherspoons consortium) –upstairs but disabled facilities available downstairs Portland Hotel, bottom of New Square, Chesterfield (JD Wetherspoons consortium) ) –upstairs but disabled facilities available downstairs – see notes below. Rutland Arms, Stephenson Place, Chesterfield Barkers Bar, Knifesmithgate, Chesterfield Worst 3 Blue Bell/Level 2, Cavendish Street, Chesterfield – no locks, toilet paper, disgusting basins. Only good thing going for it is you can go to the toilet without having to enter the pub and buy a drink, so if you are desperate before closing time, it is convenient for the chippy opposite! The Golden Fleece, Knifesmithgate, Chesterfield – unsuitable for disabled people, as on the staircase, only 3 toilets and only 1 flushes The Twisted Pinnacle (formerly O’Neills), Stephenson Place, Chesterfield – Irish names were printed on the door, with no English alternative (now altered), only 2 cubicles, peculiar step just inside the ladies – possible Health & Safety health hazard, and dryer never works. The scheme awards a point for each of the following: 1. Cubicle door being present – vital for privacy 2. Bolt for door working – also vital for privacy 3. Toilet seat present – we must have our home comforts! 4. Toilet paper present 5. Flush working 6. Working taps/clean basins 7. Hand towels present/working dryer 8. Hygiene machine s, including checking/comparing prices 9. Overall cleanliness 10. Extra point for any originality (eg a mirror in the cublicle, like The Market PH in Chesterfield Market Place. The list can vary from week to week as to which pubs are in the top 5 PS The Spa Lane Vaults and Portland Hotel have only been under the management of JD Wetherspoons since July 2001 and we have found their drink and meal prices to be very reasonable too. Well worth a visit, but the Portland is less suitable for disabled visitors as they can not access the pub from the beer garden, although the beer garden is accessible from the road by wheelchairs. Werewolf2
One of England's hidden glories is the Market town of Chesterfield. Situated just a few miles south of Sheffield, Chesterfield sits on the borders of Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. With the M1 running alongside, Chesterfield could be your first choice of home if you commute to nearby cities. I moved to Chesterfield in April 2001 from the dump city of Coventry. Whay a difference. Despite being only one of the 500 ethnic families in this town, I was instantly accepted. There's no racism! It's true! People up here accept you at face value; colour, religion or any "difference" is irrelevant. I used to live on a council estate in Grangewood Farm. Unlike Coventry, council estates are clean, happy and friendly. You don't find the same problems with drugs, prostitution and vandalism as much here. You can raise a family very happily. Chesterfield is right on the doorway to the Peak District. Just 15 miles to the West is Matlock. This is the home of Gulliver's Kingdom: an amusement park for tinies. The range of shops and services in Chesterfield competes very favourably with any major city. However, there are a lot of good value shops which allow you to live cheaply in this town. The whole town is clean. Even the council estates! The old-fashioned market square has retained its charm, and the horse-drawn cart that collects the market day rubbish is both environmentally friendly and authentic. On a Thursday there is a flea market where you can find hidden treasures galore. Chesterfield is most famous for its crooked spire on top of Saint Mary's Church. It's a landmark and very attractive to look at. The Chesterfield Canal is also a gem, running boat trips every Sunday. Chesterfield has only one disadvantage. There is a shortage of employment. This means that a large proportion of the population is unemployed. Yet despite this there is very little crime. Unlike Coventry, where there are plenty of jobs, Chesterfield is safe to walk in at any time. The traffic wardens are lovely. They will chat with you and are fairly reasonable about parking if you are polite to them. There is quite a lot of parking, but even the retail parks are within walking distance of the city centre. The bus and train service is excellent and the air is not overly polluted. There are a lot of eateries in Chesterfield, and several night clubs. You can walk around at night without feeling threatened, as most people have very good restraint, even when intoxicated. The health services are exemplary. My daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at her first paediatric appointment in Chesterfield. She was 13 months old. Coventry had never made any diagnosis of her condition although she was very ill from birth. Now my daughter is 3 and a half years old and attends Stubbin Wood Special School. The support networks are great. Prior to this she attended the Child Development Cntre, where they held special nursery groups for child with Special Needs. People are so friendly. I have made so many friends since I have moved here. In 4 years I made about 2 friends in Coventry. I would heartily recommend Chesterfield as both a place to visit and a place to move to. I know live in the charming town of Bolsover, just 6 miles from Chesterfield. But that's another review!
I am biased as I live in Chesterfield but you can find loads to do here. First thing most people think of when they visit Chesterfield is a trip up the Crooked Spire. Located centrally to all shopping facilities is St Marys and All Saints church. There are many stories about how the spire got crooked. The church do have trips up and the views I have been told are spectacular. just recently in Easter 2000 the new Vicar Lane shopping complex was built. This has brought back some wellknown stores to the town and some new ones. With it been new it is well worth a look around preferrably without the kids or your hubby. There is also The Pavements shopping centre indoors handy for rainy days!! The toilets are clean in the town and the baby facilities are excellent. Chesterfield town centre is kept clean and you can often see the old shire horse pulling the dustcart. The kids love it. The Thursday Flea market is excellent. The choice of things you can pick up is varied and cheap. Many friends come from Nottingham etc just to visit the market. We also have market days on Mondays and Fridays and Saturdays. There is also an indoor market which is open all week long. There are lots of good things about the town centre and also very good out of town centres. Chesterfield have a football club nicknamed The Spirites but I do not know much about football so that is all I can really tell you about it!!! We also have a radio station Peak 107FM which is brilliant and gives you all the local information, whats going on in the town and they do play excellent range of music. NIGHTLIFE!!! Well there is plenty of that, pubs, nightclubs galore. Most of the pubs have theme nights and ladies only nights. Sounds like great fun. Friday and Saturday night in town are packed. The pubs are very busy, loud and hot!!!! FOOD!! My fave topic, There are plenty of decent restaurants in town to visit. In the locality of Chesterfield we have 3 McDonalds, 1 Burger King,1 Kentucky Fried Chicken, 1 Pizza Hut and loads of individual restaurants. All serving good food at reasonable prices. I especially love Oriental House at West Bars. A family run business which is just excellent. All in all Chesterfield is a brilliant town to have a look around. Next time you are visiting the gorgeous Peak District just on our doorstep plaese take a look around our town. It may surprise you!!!!!!!