Weird and wonderful tales about why Chesterfield's famous spire is crooked

The Crooked Spire is, without a doubt, the jewel in Chesterfield's crown.

Monday, 22nd April 2019, 4:52 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th April 2019, 2:15 pm
The Crooked Spire.

Have you heard these stories about why the spire is crooked?

One legend states a virgin once got married in the church - and the spire turned around in surprise to have a look at the bride.
Apparently, if another virgin from Chesterfield ties the knot in the church, the spire will straighten up again. Wonder if that'll ever happen?!

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It's also claimed a beautiful woman once walked into the church and the spire twisted and bowed in admiration at her, but it couldnt go back to its normal position.
Several local tales claim the Devil was responsible for the crooked spire. In one story, a blacksmith mis-shoed the Devil, who leapt over the spire in pain, knocking it out of shape. Picture by Michael Hardy.
Apparently the Devil once sat on the spire and wrapped his tail around it. When the church bells rang, the Devil tried to jump away, twisting the spire.
Another story argues the Devil stopped on the spire while flying from Nottingham to Sheffield. He then did a violent sneeze which caused the spire to twist.
In reality, however, it's believed the spire's inclination was caused by unseasoned wood and heavy lead tiles.
Back in 1961, firefighters thankfully saved the Crooked Spire church after a blaze - sparked by an electrical fault - broke out, causing around 30,000 worth of damage.
The spire stands 228 feet from the ground and leans 9ft 5in from its true centre. It is iconic and we all love it.