Past views of iconic spire

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OUR town’s Crooked Spire put Chesterfield on the international map, and throughout the years has been photographed and documented.

But despite nearly succumbing to a blaze 50 years ago, little has changed about how the turret sits in the town’s landscape.

Thanks to snaps sent in by Derbyshire Times readers, we can see how the Crooked Spire has stayed steadfast through the ages.

In one, sent in by Mrs Lee from Chesterfield, the spire is undergoing essential restoration work, with scaffolding visible around its tip. She said: “My brother in law, Gerald Reynolds, took these photos. He died in 1979 so these will have been taken in the early 70s.”

In another, sent in by Graham Burton from North Wingfield, the Crooked Spire can be seen behind building work constructing the A61 Chesterfield bypass in the 1980s.

Can you identify the exact year either of these snaps were taken? Email

Send your retro photos to or post them to Retro, Derbyshire Times, 37 Station Road, Chesterfield, S41 7XD.