Beauty and tragedy - Chesterfield’s ‘forgotten’ cemetery reveals town’s amazing history

Friends of Spital Cemetery from left, Lyn Pardo Roques, Liz Cook, Margaret Hersee and Janet Murphy,  at the leper priest grave.
Friends of Spital Cemetery from left, Lyn Pardo Roques, Liz Cook, Margaret Hersee and Janet Murphy, at the leper priest grave.

It is a place where the great and the good of Chesterfield lie next to smallpox victims and Irish navvies.

Where war heroes from two centuries of conflict are interred side by side with victims of tragedy and countless infant dead. Standing separate and often forgotten, Spital Cemetery shows the history of Chesterfield in all its richness and complexity.