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End of an era as Saltergate is demolished

(Photo shoot 0712-006) Barratts team of (LtoR) Dean Knowland Snr Surveyor, Shaun Marsh Contracts Manager and Alex Kenny Technical Engineer pictured on the Saltergate site in Chesterfield, Derbyshire once home to Chesterfield Utd Football Club. Barratts are redeveloping the site for new homes once the demolition work has finished.

(Photo shoot 0712-006) Barratts team of (LtoR) Dean Knowland Snr Surveyor, Shaun Marsh Contracts Manager and Alex Kenny Technical Engineer pictured on the Saltergate site in Chesterfield, Derbyshire once home to Chesterfield Utd Football Club. Barratts are redeveloping the site for new homes once the demolition work has finished.

CHESTERFIELD FC’s old stadium at Saltergate has been demolished – marking the end of an era.

The ground’s last remaining floodlight came down on Friday as part of demolition work to make way for a new housing development.

Barratt Homes intends to build 68 houses at the site of the old stadium, which opened in 1871 and was in use until the club’s relocation to the multi-million pound B2Net ground last July.

Shaun Marsh, contracts manager at Barratt Homes, said: “Although the stadium has been disused for nearly two years, this demolition really does mark the end of an era.

“As a responsible homebuilder we’re keen to support the heritage of this land.

“We’re confident that the camaraderie which was felt here in so many football games throughout the ground’s history will live on in the form of a new community.”

Jan Ruston, sales director for Barratt Homes, said there had been a “huge amount of interest” from potential homebuyers.

Mr Marsh said Spireites fans will be able to keep fittings from the stadium’s iconic floodlights.

“This will serve as a perfect memento,” he added.

 

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