Spire blaze memories

16nowff - Image from Chesterfield Picture the Past book. Crooked Spire fire 1961

16nowff - Image from Chesterfield Picture the Past book. Crooked Spire fire 1961

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CHESTERFIELD’S world famous landmark the Crooked Spire church has continued to stand tall and proud since 1360 despite surviving a terrible fire nearly 50 years ago.

The 50th anniversary of the blaze which broke out in the North Transept of the church around 9am, on December 22, 1961, is a month away and the Derbyshire Times is appealing for residents to contact us with their recollections and pictures.

Rev Michael Knight, of the Crooked Spire, said: “If the fire had spread it would have meant the end of the Spire and that would have been devastating for the town.”

Flames swept through the St Mary and All Saints’ Church and caused about £30,000 of damage before it was brought under control by the fire service.

Having survived its greatest threat, the 14th century Anglican church remains a proud symbol of the town.

Chesterfield Civic Society Chairman Bryan Thompson said: “It’s an iconic symbol for Chesterfield and Derbyshire and it would have been a tragedy if it had burned down.

“It influences business and tourism and its image and the name Spire and Spirite are adopted by companies and Chesterfield FC and they embody everything good about the town.”

Those with memories and pictures are urged to call the Derbyshire Times on (01246) 504500 or email comment@derbyshiretimes.co.uk with contact details.