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I used a tablet & pen to draw different sketches of different parts of my home town Chesterfield. Chesterfield is in Derbyshire right next door to the
I used a tablet & pen to draw different sketches of different parts of my home town Chesterfield. Chesterfield is in Derbyshire right next door to the Peak District. We have canals, steam trains with a roundhouse, tudor buildings, markets with cobbled paving but Chesterfield is most famous for its crooked spire.
There are many stories as to why it is crooked here are a few:
SHOE DEVIL: The story asserts that a magician persuaded a local blacksmith to shoe the Devil. The man was so nervous that he drove a nail into the Devil's foot. The Devil flew off howling and, as he was passing the church, felt a twinge of real agony. He lashed out savagely with his foot which caught the Spire and twisted it, leaving also a footprint on one of the buttresses.
VIRGIN: A story of Chaucerian flavour. The spire was so amazed to hear of a virgin being married in the church that it developed its intricate twist in an attempt to see such a wonder with its own eyes. In a slightly amended version the Spire owes its twist to its admiration of a virtuous maiden of such beauty entering the church that the spire bowed in admiration, and could not resume its normal position.
INCENSED DEVIL: Some attribute the deflection to His Satanic Majesty. The legend goes that Lucifer, after a long day's journey, alighted for a moment on the apex of the Spire. It so happened that midnight mass was being celebrated and that the abundant incense from below so irritated his unholy nostrils that he gave a violent sneeze. He managed to keep his hold with his claws and tail around the Spire; next morning, however, the damage was there for all to see.
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