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24. Images of Chesterfield, Derbyshire

1. Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints

2. Scenes around the Town

3. The Museum

4. The Art of Joseph Syddall

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Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints

The crooked spire of Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints. The stone tower, timber and lead spire were completed by 1400.

 

The view of Chesterfield Parish Church from the south-west - the chancel on the right and the south transept on the left.

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: A close up view of the remarkable and stable! crooked spire. The herringbone pattern of the lead plates and the spire's crookedness is probably caused by a lack of internal bracing in the timber work.

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: View of the tower and spire from the south-west.

 

Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints, view from the south with the main south porch entrance into the nave.

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: Looking down the 14th century nave to the chancel arch flanked by the magnificent pointed arches of the north and south aisles. In the centre-left is the tall Jacobean pulpit.

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: Looking into the north aisle.

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: The modern stained glass window of 1984 celebrating the 750th anniversary of the church which illustrates the lives, work and industry of Chesterfield people and so beautifully represented in the Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints.

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: Details of the 1984 stain glass window.

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: Details of the lower panes of the 1984 stain glass window.

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: Details of the upper panes of the 1984 stain glass window.

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: The stone figure carving of a knight? sleeping?

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: Left: Some typical Victorian painted glass windows.

Right: The more 'modern' 20th century? stained glass window panels of Saint Francis surrounded by all the animals.

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: The pre-Norman ancient font? - Anglo-Saxon? or late medieval? Anybody help?

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: In the Lesser Lady Chapel are two carved stone heads from the early Norman church?

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: The open screen doors leading into the Lady Chapel.

A 15th century wooden screen enclose the Lesser Lady Chapel.

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: The elaborated 'golden' gilded Reredos of the High Altar, behind are the lower panes of the great east window which illustrates the Apostles' Creed.

 

Chesterfield Parish Church of Our Lady and All Saints: Some details of the lower panes of the huge! west window in which Joshua is depicted - the battle of Jericho?


Other Scenes in the Centre of Chesterfield Town

The entrance to the Victorian Centre in Chesterfield.

 

The mock Tudor black and white facade of the Victorian Centre in Chesterfield.

 

The large open market in the main Market Square. The building in the background is the historic Market Hall built in 1857. A market charter was granted by King John in 1204 and upto 250 stalls may be set out either side of the Market Hall.

The tower of the indoor Market Hall 'towers' about the outdoor market stalls.

 

Near the Market Hall is the Peacocks Coffee Lounge housed in an old 'original' timber framed house? Once an old pub/inn?

 

Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England: Chesterfield is most noted for the twisted spire of the Parish Church which is well worth a visit. It has an a very good extensive and busy Market and near the Market Hall is Peacocks Coffee Lounge. The are several good cafes and restaurants in the relatively new shopping area down from the tourist information centre.


The Chesterfield Museum

Which tells the history story of Chesterfield from prehistoric times to the 20th century.

It is well worth a visit - so PLEASE leave a donation to help with its upkeep and expansion

The Chesterfield builders windlass - a rare survival from medieval times. When you enter Chesterfield Museum you are confronted by a huge wooden wheel which was, though much restored, and this medieval builders windlass used to haul up blocks of stone in the building of Chesterfield's Parish Church.

 

The remains of a Roman fort dating from ~AD 50 have been found in Chesterfield, which probably protected the Roman road connecting the larger forts at Derby and Rotherham. Fragments of pots, plates and flasks are displayed.

 

Roman coins, silver denarii, found at Morton

 

All the commercial, industrial, agricultural medieval connections are illustrated on a beautiful presented mural.

 

Chesterfield has a long and distinguished engineering history from the Industrial Revolution to the present time.

 

Its rich industrial heritage of coal mining that powered factories and the railways is starkly presented in old black and white photographs.

 

George Stephenson (1781-1848) was an important figure in the industrial development of Chesterfield and acted as a consultant railway engineer, investing in a colliery and the business grew into a major coal and iron making business called the Clay Cross Company. He is buried inside Holy Trinity Church near Chesterfield town centre.

 

Although the scene was dominated by iron works, factories, pits etc. there was a strong cultural life and several theatres thrived.

 


4. The Art of Joseph Syddall

In Chesterfield Museum is a room devoted to the art of Joseph Syddall with a most interesting collection of oil paintings and pastel sketches - mainly of people - superb graphic skills!

Not that much is known about the life of the artist Joseph Syddall (1864-1942) but he was highly regarded in his day and produced excellent paintings and drawings in varied medium. He worked in his home village of Old Whittington and London using pencil, pastel and oil media.

 

Joseph Syddall: Oil painting

 

Joseph Syddall: Oil painting

 

Joseph Syddall: 'Portrait Study' oil on canvas

 

Joseph Syddall: 'One of two studies' oil on canvas

 

Joseph Syddall: Left: 'Head and shoulders of a woman' pastel medium

Joseph Syddall: Right: 'Study of a woman and statue', pencil medium

 

Joseph Syddall:

 

Joseph Syddall: 'Studies of musicians', medium pencil

 

Joseph Syddall: 'Impromptu' medium pastel

 

Joseph Syddall: 'Pavlova Dancing' medium pastel

 

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