18 things you used to be able to do in Chesterfield - but can't today

So much has changed in Chesterfield for the better, but there are still some things we miss in the town

By Phil Bramley, Editor
Friday, 23rd August 2019, 8:19 am
Funfair on Chesterfield's Donut car park
Funfair on Chesterfield's Donut car park

Which of these things do you miss most? For more pictures of yesteryear, check out our retro section

Impress your girlfriend or boyfriend by taking them for a romantic date rowing round Queen's Park boating lake.
Impress your girlfriend or boyfriend by taking them for a romantic date rowing round Queen's Park boating lake.
How many of you first saw Star Wars here - or the town's Odeon cinema (now the Winding Wheel)?

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Kids loved to stroke and pat the much-missed Chesterfield market house
Use the bridge to cross Elder Way from the town's Co-op Department Store. It was removed as part of the Premier Inn redevelopment
Who remembers buying pick and mix or 7" singles from Woollies?
Go for a drink at The Barking Badger, Harvey's Bar or Martha's Vineyard - just a few of the names the Corporation Street watering hole has gone under
Stop off for a wee at the public conveniences on Chatsworth Road - very handy on the way home after doing the Brampton Mile!
Shelter from the rain and watch the skateboarders under the ADG building
Pick up the latest album or 12" picture disc from the town's legendary Hudson's record store
Watch the super Spireites at the old Saltergate ground. Who can forget those open-air urinals?!
Rent the very latest VHS movie release from the Blockbuster store. Did you remember to remind the tapes before you returned them?!
Impress your mates diving off the high board at Chesterfield's Queen's Park baths. It was a long way back down the steps if you chickened out!
Enjoy chicken in a basket and catch Bob Monkhouse live at the Aquarius.
Enjoy the lovely scent of black jacks wafting from the old Trebor factory - the smell that might have caused this bus driver to crash into it!
Enjoy a drink - or office Christmas party - at the old Chesterfield hotel
Take a spin on funfair rides on the Donut car park. They were stopped over fears the site, built on old cellars packed with rubble, couldn't take bigger, heavier rides.
Enjoy a boogie at The Brad...
...or Xanadu!