The Parish Church of St Marys and All Saints in Chesterfield is one of the religious establishments in Derbyshire. These days the most prominent feature of the church is the crooked spire.
The current building dates from fourteenth century. Although not part of the original construction, the spire was also added in about 1362. The point of the spire continually moves. Construction was halted early on due to the black death delaying completion for twelve years. I was fortunately to get on a tour of the church, which including climbing the tower to the bottom of the spire, allow the viewing of the inside of the spire and views across Chesterfield to the Peak District.
In the 19th century, George Gilbert Scott began a major restoration of the building. New pews were installed and the west end gallery added.
In the 1940s, the All Saints altar was erected under the tower, an early case of bringing the altar close to the congregation.
There are seven other altars around the building, including Holy Cross Chapel.
In 1961 a fire destroyed the 1756 organ. This was replaced by the redundant Lewis organ from the Glasgow City Hall in 1963
Around the building are 14 Stations of the Cross, each made from a single piece of wood.
Outside there is a wooden sculpture of a queen bee, on the site of trees that were destroyed during a storm in February 2014.