History News Walks

Town trail now available

We’ve published a new historical trail of the town centre. You can download this two-sided full-colour A4 leaflet at the bottom of this post and via the page we’ve created, accessible by our menu above‘Town walking trails’

The front cover of new town trial.

Written by our Vice-Chair Janet Murphy and designed by CADLHS member David Charlesworth, the new trail is designed to take around 40 minutes, covering some, but not all of the town’s highlights.

The trial starts and ends at the town’s visitor centre. It progresses from the parish church, visiting such buildings as the former Burton’s (now Greggs), the Shambles, the Market Hall, Peacock’s Coffee Lounge, the Portland Hotel, Grace Chapel (New Square), the former Post Office, Elder Yard Chapel, the Winding Wheel and Stephenson Memorial Hall.

On the way round ,old Chesterfield institutions such as ‘John Turner’s Corner’, the Victoria Centre and the town’s many 20th-century ‘Tudor revival buildings’ get a mention. A much newer building – the Nat West Bank with its first floor etched windows of local scenes – also features on the trail.

Due to costs we do not intend to have printed copies available, but you are most welcome to download and print off copies of the leaflet by using the link below. We hope that you’ll enjoy this 40 or so minute introduction to what the town has to offer.

We also have an earlier trail written by Janet Murphy available to download. This looks at the ‘Tudor revival’ buildings in the town centre – Chesterfield’s black and white buildings’.

Down-load our new ‘Explore Chesterfield’ trail by clicking on the image below.

This post was updated on 17 April 2023, which included a slightly revised version of the town trail.