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Chesterfield, Yorkshire, England
Local Villages include
Dronfield, Clay Cross, Shirebrook, Staveley, Bolsover
Brampton, Creswell, Wingerworth, Tupton, Grassmoor,
Holmewood, Heath, North Wingfield, Span Carr, Calow
Inkersall, Brimington, Hollingwood, Old Whittington
Long Duckmanton, Sutton cum Duckmanton, Cutthorpe,
Barlow, Wadshelf, Upper Loads, Eastmoor, Hasland
Chesterfield offers a town lifestyle set on the edge of the glorious Peak District, a great outdoor leisure experience, local independent retailers, high street names and is a place where history, heritage and modernity go hand-in-hand.
With new schools and one of the largest colleges in England, Chesterfield is home to a wide range of businesses including IT specialists, world class engineering and communications companies. From high street names to local specialists, arts and culture, hotels and an historic town centre market, the town has a vibrant heart.
We are superbly connected, have history galore, fantastic buildings and places, world leading businesses, enthusiastic and skilled people and most importantly we offer a great lifestyle.
As the largest town in Derbyshire and the gateway to the Peak District, Chesterfield is a great place to invest, live or visit, combining both historical and contemporary experiences.
We are a place that is ‘on the up’, looking forward, looking outwards with boundless ambition, energy, movement and aspiration. A place intensely proud of its roots, its history, its people but excited about its future with an eye firmly on the next horizon. Chesterfield has colour, creativity, community, confidence and something to offer everyone.
Chesterfield is today directly over an old Roman town and also a fort dating back to the Iron Age. After the Romans left, the Saxons moved in calling the fort a caster and the grasslands a feld. Caester feld stuck until times of William the Conqueror when the town was called Cestrefield, meaning open field.
In the Middle Ages, Chesterfield became large enough to be called a town and even in 1165 was known for its market. They had a fair, which was a large market held once a year and people from all over Yorkshire would trade there. In 1204 King John, the infamous villain of the Robin Hood legends, gave the town its market charter which also contributes to the town’s love of open air markets. The main industries here were wool and leather so there were plenty of skinners, tanners and saddlers.
The now famous ‘Crooked Spire’ church was built in the 15th century. The first official school opened in 1594. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Chesterfield suffered its fair share of plague.
In the 19th century, Chesterfield entered the Industrial age, mainly due to the new railway. The Midland line was built directly through the town’s heart, supervised by George Stevenson, who is buried in the local Holy Trinity church.
The town of Chesterfield is full of gardens, historical sites, and museums for visitors. Popular attractions include the Renishaw Hall Gardens, the ‘Crooked Spire’ Church, Hardwick Hall, and Sutton Scarsdale Hall. Bolsover Castle was built in 1612 and includes the fairytale Little Castle built as a fantasy entertainment and the Venus Garden adorned with statues, fountains, and love seats. The Revolution House lives up to its name as it used to be an alehouse but held a pivotal role in the overthrow of King James II during the Revolution of 1688. The area is also populated with circular trails that are great for scenic walks or drives.
Culture and Leisure
For a small village, Chesterfield has plenty to offer. Lively theatrical shows, art galleries, museums, and historical wonders are all part of the package. Ruins, gardens, medieval and fairytale like attractions are all to be had. The Queens Park is a great outdoor leisure spot with a boating lake, miniature railway, large swimming area, gym, and both indoor and outdoor sports facilities. Cricket, football, hockey, and rugby are all local sporting activities.
There is plenty to do year round in Chesterfield including many festivals, re-enactments, fairs, and rallies. The Chesterfield Arts and Market Festival is held in the fall, and the Chesterfield Market holds its own annual events like the Holiday Markets, Medieval Market and Christmas Market. There is also the Stainsby Folk Festival for music lovers or the re-enactments at Bolsover Castle. Chesterfield is known for its gluten free beer and holds a beer festival every year to celebrate it.
The Derbyshire Enterprise Agency (DEA) provides all kinds of services to start up businesses in the area, as well as support for existing business. Local workshops, a department focused on local investment in expansion and modernization, and help with employment are all available. This support for local businesses helps to improve both Chesterfield and tourism in the area.
Visitors Centre/Tourist Information Centre
The Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre offers everything from assistance with lodging to ticket booking for local shows or advance tickets to local events. Posters, brochures, and leaflets on attractions, dining, lodging, local transportation, and tickets are all available.
For those who wish to see more of the countryside, the annual Historic Border County Walking Festival is a 34 mile while that circles Chesterfield. A stroll through “The Shambles” immerses travelers in a group of narrow, medieval streets where you can drop in on The Royal Oak, one of the oldest pubs in all of Britain. The Chesterfield Trails are not only great for walking but may take you past hidden villages, historical sites, great bird sightings, and gorgeous countryside.
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