Date set for Battle of Chesterfield celebration

Shirley Niblock, Colin Harrison, Peter Gray and Trevor Lilley, of the Chesterfield 750 group, gear up for the celebration. Picture by Anne Shelley.
Shirley Niblock, Colin Harrison, Peter Gray and Trevor Lilley, of the Chesterfield 750 group, gear up for the celebration. Picture by Anne Shelley.

A date has been revealed for a celebration marking the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Chesterfield next year.

Plans are underway for a large medieval pageant-style event in the town centre on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

The exciting proposals are being developed by the newly set up Chesterfield 750 group.

It has now issued a rallying cry for Chesterfield residents to get involved in the celebration.

The Battle of Chesterfield, which took place in and around the town on May 15, 1266, involved baronial and royalist forces.

Historical literature states that the baronial leaders – including Baldwin Wake, the Lord of Chesterfield, and Robert Ferrers, the Earl of Derby – clashed with royalist forces led by Henry of Almain, nephew to Henry III.

The royalists used wagons to gain entry to the town.

A bloody battle ensued and the royalist forces eventually won.

Wake escaped the fighting and joined other disinherited barons at the Isle of Axholme.

Ferrers was captured, taken “in irons” to London and “totally disinherited” later that year.

Amid the fighting, men of Brampton rushed to the Crooked Spire to defend a wall in the churchyard they had made.

The Chesterfield 750 group has been holding public meetings to explore ways to commemorate the event.

They have come up with the idea of inviting residents to a large-scale gathering in the town centre which would include medieval-style music, food and demonstrations.

Anyone who would like to join the Chesterfield 750 group or help on the day, whether it is by showing medieval crafts, playing medieval music or dressing up, should email info@chesterfield750.co.uk