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Chesterfield and the Twisty Spire, Derbyshire - 19th April 2013

On the way to Uncle James's 90th birthday do in Cheadle, we stop off for the night in Chesterfield, on the edge of the Peak District. This is mostly to allow for a nice, leisurely drive over the top on the Saturday, but also gives a chance to scratch the itch of curiosity: having driven through Chesterfield numerous times in the past, it was finally a chance to have a close-up look at the "church with the twisty spire" - St. Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield.

next album: Uncle James's Ninetieth Birthday, Cheadle Hulme, Manchester - 20th April 2013
previous album: Margaret Thatcher's Funeral, St. Paul's, London - 17th April 2013

2013 Harry - Baby Gabey - considers 'breakferast'

Harry - Baby Gabey - considers 'breakferast'

2013 Harry plays with Lego in the hotel room

Harry plays with Lego in the hotel room

2013 The boys bounce around in the Premier Inn room

The boys bounce around in the Premier Inn room

2013 Harry flakes out with Foo-foo

Harry flakes out with Foo-foo

2013 Harry has a little lie down

Harry has a little lie down

2013 Harry flails around; Fred looks like mischief

Harry flails around; Fred looks like mischief

2013 Harry and Fred

Harry and Fred

2013 Harry has a slide

Harry has a slide

2013 The boys in the playground

The boys in the playground

2013 A street in Chesterfield

A street in Chesterfield

2013 Isobel outside Groove 'retro bat'

Isobel outside Groove 'retro bat'

2013 There's a comedy shark head stuck to a wall

There's a comedy shark head stuck to a wall

2013 Isobel looks around

Isobel looks around

2013 Fred runs around the churchyard

Fred runs around the churchyard

2013 Isobel and Harry roam around

Isobel and Harry roam around

2013 Stained-glass window, dated 1950

Stained-glass window, dated 1950

2013 Fred and Isobel light a candle

Fred and Isobel light a candle

2013 The nave of St. Mary and All Saints

The nave of St. Mary and All Saints

2013 More stained glass, dated 1984

More stained glass, dated 1984

2013 The fount in the south transcept

The fount in the south transcept

2013 Isobel gets close up with the church organ

Isobel gets close up with the church organ

2013 The T. C. Lewis organ

The T. C. Lewis organ

2013 A nice little Chesterfield Parish Church stool

A nice little Chesterfield Parish Church stool

2013 The pipe box, including a 32' Sub Bourdon pipe - 16 feet long

The pipe box, including a 32' Sub Bourdon pipe - 16 feet long

2013 Fred pretends to be a star

Fred pretends to be a star

2013 Fred the star

Fred the star

2013 A tour starts with a walk through the walls to the 'rope room'

A tour starts with a walk through the walls to the 'rope room'

2013 Fred gets to ring a church bell

Fred gets to ring a church bell

2013 Bell ropes hang from the ceiling

Bell ropes hang from the ceiling

2013 Fred looks a little lost

Fred looks a little lost

2013 A great view of the church is had from a small window under the tower

A great view of the church is had from a small window under the tower

2013 Our tour continues up to the belfry, and the set of ten bells

Our tour continues up to the belfry, and the set of ten bells

2013 The timber-work inside the tower, which frankly looks a real mess

The timber-work inside the tower, which frankly looks a real mess

2013 A view over Chesterfield

A view over Chesterfield

2013 A close-up of the twisty tower and its herring-bone lead tiles

A close-up of the twisty tower and its herring-bone lead tiles

2013 A view of Chesterfield

A view of Chesterfield

2013 Looking down on the churchyard

Looking down on the churchyard

2013 More Chesterfield and the roof of the nave

More Chesterfield and the roof of the nave

2013 Looking further around

Looking further around

2013 Mock Tudor building, and the car park we parked in

Mock Tudor building, and the car park we parked in

2013 Chesterfield, looking towards Rotherham

Chesterfield, looking towards Rotherham

2013 A shop in Chesterfield, prosaicly called 'Shop'

A shop in Chesterfield, prosaicly called 'Shop'

2013 An outdoor market

An outdoor market

2013 A portable stall tries to sell rubber roofing

A portable stall tries to sell rubber roofing

2013 More Chesterfield markets

More Chesterfield markets

2013 A view of the spire, showing the 2.7 metre offset lean of the tower

A view of the spire, showing the 2.7 metre offset lean of the tower

2013 Seedy looking chop entreance

Seedy looking chop entreance

2013 Up on the Peak District, it's the Baslow Village Shop

Up on the Peak District, it's the Baslow Village Shop

2013 Between Bakewell and Buxton, we stop for a picnic

Between Bakewell and Buxton, we stop for a picnic

2013 Harry chomps on a pasty

Harry chomps on a pasty

2013 Picnic on a bench

Picnic on a bench

2013 Our picnic by the car park

Our picnic by the car park

2013 A curious derelict building off the A6

A curious derelict building off the A6

2013 Derelict concrete construction

Derelict concrete construction

2013 Rubbish is strewn around inside

Rubbish is strewn around inside

2013 The derelict building and the A6

The derelict building and the A6

2013 Green stains and decaying concrete

Green stains and decaying concrete

2013 The A6 as it runs through the valley

The A6 as it runs through the valley

2013 A view of the Pennines

A view of the Pennines

2013 Derbyshire sheep on the Cat and Fiddle pass

Derbyshire sheep on the Cat and Fiddle pass

2013 Curious sheep, Cat and Fiddle pass

Curious sheep, Cat and Fiddle pass

2013 The Cat and Fiddle pass, over the top

The Cat and Fiddle pass, over the top

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Harry - Baby Gabey - considers 'breakferast'