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A Brief History Of Chesterfield

Chesterfield started out as a Roman fort and was built approximately 70 AD. The Romans probably settled here because the area was extremely rich in natural minerals like tin, lead and coal. The Roman fort later was discovered to have also been built on an old iron-age fort. It is believed that by the early 2nd century the Romans had no longer a need for the fort and moved on leaving it abandoned.

The town was later named by the Saxons. Their name for a Roman fort was caest...

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Chesterfield started out as a Roman fort and was built approximately 70 AD. The Romans probably settled here because the area was extremely rich in natural minerals like tin, lead and coal. The Roman fort later was discovered to have also been built on an old iron-age fort. It is believed that by the early 2nd century the Romans had no longer a need for the fort and moved on leaving it abandoned.

The town was later named by the Saxons. Their name for a Roman fort was caester and they called the wide open fields where cattle grazed a Feld. So when the Saxons arrived and settled they called the area Caester Feld which by the 10th Century was changed to Chesterfield. By now though, the small settlement had swiftly grown into a thriving village. It took two centuries for Chesterfield to become a thriving town. A Charter granted by King John in 1204 gave the Lord of The Manor the right to hold regular markets and even a fair, which lasted for 8 days during September, once a year.

In 2004 Chesterfield’s “Open Air Market” celebrated it’s 800th Anniversary of it’s official opening.

As time went on life was not always perfect in Chesterfield. It’s main industry in the middle ages was the making of wool although leather was prominent too with plenty of Skinners, Tanners, Glovers and Saddlers. The wool industry thrived until the 17th Century before dying out but the leather work continued to prosper until the 18th Century.

None of this was to help with the many diseases that were around though. Leprosy hit the area so bad that a Leper hostel dedicated to St Leonard had to be built. Then just like everywhere else in the sixteenth century the Black Death struck. There was a severe outbreak in 1586-1587and unluckily, Chesterfield was hit again in 1608.

Chesterfield was slightly oblivious to the industrial revolution of the 18th Century but slowly continued to grow with the help of better communications helped by the building of “TurnPike “roads, the chesterfield canal and the arrival of rail, courtesy of George Stephenson, who lived at Tapton House from 1838 – 1848 and is now buried in the Holy Trinity Church.
In 1892 the boundary of the borough was changed and the nearby settlement of Brampton became part of Chesterfield. This was the first of many changes and a sign that Chesterfield was a thriving and growing town. By this time it had its own independent police force and fire brigade.

Many more changes were soon to come along starting with the introduction of Electric street lights and trams, which were soon ditched, as Chesterfield finally caught up with it’s neighbouring towns and joined in with the industrial revolution. The 20th Century had arrived.

With the introduction of Council houses in the 20’s and 30’s, the further boundary changes bringing Hasland and Newbold into the folds of Chesterfield and the building of the new Town Hall(1938),Pomegranate Theatre ( 1949) and The Nth Derbyshire Royal Hospital (1984), Chesterfield started to look much the same as it does today.

To date Chesterfield boasts, as well as it’s traditional markets, a Shopping centre opened in 1981 as well as an even newer Shopping centre opened in 2000 as tourism of the peak district and the retail industry have taken precedent over the failing manufacturing industry.

So there you have it a brief history of Chesterfield.
One now wonders what will the current hi tech world of computers and the internet have in store for this Historic Market Town.

 

Eating Out Or At Home In Chesterfield

With the new scores on the doors information released by the council and environmental health how do you choose where to go for a meal? According to the list the only safe places are school and hospital based kitchens.

So basically it’s easier not to get too carried away with the findings of the report especially as cleanliness was only part of the overall score the, other parts were based on attitudes of staff and management.

Here are a few places I have tried and eith...

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With the new scores on the doors information released by the council and environmental health how do you choose where to go for a meal? According to the list the only safe places are school and hospital based kitchens.

So basically it’s easier not to get too carried away with the findings of the report especially as cleanliness was only part of the overall score the, other parts were based on attitudes of staff and management.

Here are a few places I have tried and either liked or not.

Blue Stoops is on Matlock road in Chesterfield and offer a lunchtime and evening service. They have a good choice of food for all tastes on their general menu and offer regular guest dishes on their specials board.

The majority of their food is very good and always well cooked. Their chilli is highly recommended but the chicken wings on the starter and platter meals are not fantastic.

The lady chef is extremely friendly and cheerful and is willing to listen to customers and tries to comply with any individual tastes.

If you don’t mind travelling for about 10 minutes then Batemans Mill in Tupton is an excellent place if you like your food well prepared and presented. The food is a little more expensive than the Stoops and there is less choice on the menu but the difference is very noticeable.

All meals are cooked from fresh on the premises and so you will wait a little longer for your meal but the quality of the food is worth waiting for. Unlike some places their mash is cooked using real potato and not reconstituted flakes and the chef knows the difference between rare, medium rare and well done, which many places get wrong quite regularly. The homemade soup on the starter menu is the best soup in the area and definitely worth trying.

If you want to eat out on the cheap there’s always McDonalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken. These are both the same in the quality of food in the essence of, they are fast food places. Therefore it is mainly a matter of whether you want chicken or beef.

McDonalds do offer a restaurant for you to sit in and eat and offer a wider variety of choice including vegetarian, fish and salad options whereas Kentucky is mainly chicken based and no restaurant is available.

If you want to stay home and get food delivered then give Dominoes Pizza a try.

They offer free delivery and their new Meateor Pizza is heavenly. As well as offering a full range of starters and desserts they are for a limited period now offering any sized Pizza for £9.99. This means that you could easily feed a family of four with a starter, pizza, pudding and drinks for under £20.

Their food is freshly prepared at their store on Lordsmill St and cooked and delivered generally within 45 minutes.

So there you have it, a couple of places worth trying out in the Chesterfield area if you fancy a night off cooking for yourself.

 

Parks And Gardens In Chesterfield To Enjoy During The Summer

There’s nothing healthier or better for you than the great outdoors. Whether you want to get out and walk the dog or go for a cycle ride, then the parks in Chesterfield are some of the best parks around.

Here’s a small summary and a little bit of information of just some of the parks in and around the chesterfield area.

Queens Park

Queens Park is the largest of the Chesterfield Town Parks, and is located in Chesterfield town centre. Queens Park is currently in the pr...

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There’s nothing healthier or better for you than the great outdoors. Whether you want to get out and walk the dog or go for a cycle ride, then the parks in Chesterfield are some of the best parks around.

Here’s a small summary and a little bit of information of just some of the parks in and around the chesterfield area.

Queens Park

Queens Park is the largest of the Chesterfield Town Parks, and is located in Chesterfield town centre. Queens Park is currently in the process of a full re-generation which will include new toilet facilities, a restored and re-modelled boating lake, a new hospitality area big enough for up to three marquees and the restoration of the grade II listed glass house. The grade II listed bandstand in Queens Park has also been completely restored to its former glory. These are just some of the projects being funded by Chesterfield Borough Council and the heritage lottery.

Queens Park is located behind the Queens Leisure Centre in Chesterfield town centre. The Leisure Centre offers a full range of services including Badminton Courts, a 33 metre 6 lane swimming pool, teaching and beached baby pool, Gym, Indoor Sports Hall and a cafeteria. There are several car parks surrounding the park, all for a small charge, can be used.

There is also a boating lake, which recently flooded in the heavy rains, as well as a railway track. The little train that runs around the track has recently been in the local press as local children won the right to name him Puffin Billy.

Somersall Park

Somersall is a smaller residential park located slightly off the beaten track where Chesterfield Golf Club first started in 1897. Its first members played a nine hole course in Somersall Park. The Club moved to its present site in 1906 when Somersall Park proved to be too short. As well as having playing fields, a fun playground and a cricket pavilion, Somersall Park also has recycling facilities located in the car park.

The river Hipper runs through Somersall Park which is great for the dogs and the kids in the summer!

Hunloke Community Garden

Hunloke Community Garden can be found just off the A61 in Chesterfield and is easily found by following the brown Tourist Info signs from the main rd. The Garden was created by the local people on an old derelict field and is now a fully operational nursery growing vegetables and plants for sale. There is also an orchard and a pond which has become a haven for various wildlife.

Hunloke Community Garden is open 9am to 4pm during the week in the winter and 9am to 6pm every day during the summer.

Pools Brook Country Park

Pools Brook Country Park is Chesterfield’s newest and largest park situated on Inkersal road, Pools Brook, Chesterfield and is signposted from the A632. It’s built on reclaimed colliery land and is a very important site locally for biodiversity. It has a variety of habitats including lakes, meadows and woodlands.

The Country Park is very popular with local wildlife as well as the residents of Chesterfield and surrounding areas. The fishing lake at Pools Brook Country Park is also a hit with local anglers.

There is a visitor's centre where you can pick up information about the various woodland walkways and there’s also a Community Café.




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