Old Photos & Film Of Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Chesterfield Derbyshire England UK

Once an important part of the industrial midlands, the large market town of Chesterfield sits near the Peak District National Park and retains many of its historic buildings.

The Town Through The Ages


YouTube channel PauliosVids shows this video montage of Chesterfield from 1956 to 1980, compiled and narrated by George Martin.

“Old Chesterfield mostly vehicles

Andy Slack opens this video montage with a humorous mock imitation of the London Underground map, showing Chesterfield’s key locations. Most of the photos are from old family albums.  

Chesterfield In The 1920s

” Chesterfield Races 1920s

From YouTube channel Sky is Blue- Chesterfield FC history. This silent footage shows one of the last races on Whittington Moor.

The races were held every year from about 1685. They were usually run the two days before Goodwood.  After 1871 they were run as flapper races and not under the Jockey Club rules. The Corporation (local council) bought the area for housing in 1924.

The course ran down what is now Stand Road and down Pottery Lane, up East Side, on to Brimington Road North, adjacent to Sheffield Road, up Racecourse Road, and ended at the Grandstand’s site close to the Cricketers Pub.

Chesterfield In The 1950s

“Chesterfield 1951” 

PauliosVids. In 1951 work started to set Chesterfield’s famous Crooked Spire straight.

“Chesterfield’s Big Day! (1953)” 

A British Pathé film celebrating the formal opening event of the new sports stadium in 1953.

In addition to crowds of spectators and athletes, footage includes:

  • Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Alderman and Mrs Frank Hadfield
  • Mr S.W. Martin Managing Director of Stavely Iron and Chemical works
  • Lord and Lady Burghley
  • Mr T. A. McKenna, Chairman of Stavely Iron and Chemical works
  • R.J. Hawley, organiser
  • No 8 W.T. Hulatt, winner of the mile race
  • Mr Crooks times the cyclist races
  • Mrs Powell presents upper fourth Cup to men’s cycle team
  • Unnamed winners of the women’s cycle race stand on the platform
  • No 282 I.J. Smith, winner of the 120 yards hurdles
  • Joe Smith photographer, Derbyshire Times
  • Mr. Turner, deputy managing director Stavely Iron and Chemical works
  • Norris wins the 6 mile race
  • Unnamed 4 women in the relay
  • Miss G. Newbolt wins women’s 100 yard race
  • MacDonald Bailey and other runners
  • The Don Cossack riders 

Chesterfield In The 1960s

“Chesterfield 1962” 

Andy Slack. This footage is trimmed from a tour of Britain film.

Chesterfield In The 1970s

“Chesterfield Derbyshire 1974” 

Onefiveninevideo uploaded thisSuper 8 film from 1974. It includes: Chesterfield Town Hall, Foljambe Road, Barker Lane, Kennings Remould Tyre Factory, Queens Park Boating Lake, and the famous Chesterfield Crooked Spire.

“Chesterfield, Derbyshire 1970s” 

Dean Smith uploaded a 1970s video of Queens Park Annexe (and girls guide jamboree at Cutthorpe and Skegness holiday).

Chesterfield In The 1980s

“Dirty Stop Outs Guide To 1980s Chesterfield” 

DirtyStopOuts1 compiled photographs from the Facebook Group ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Chesterfield’ into a book and this video.

“Chesterfield Royal Visit ( 1981 )” 

Lee Hedley. Prince Charles and Lady Diana visited Chesterfield 1981, shown in this half hour video which also captures many local people and businesses.

“Trains at Shirebrook & Chesterfield – 1988” 

Roy Harrison shot this video on standard Video 8 on a dull overcast day in September 1988. It shows class 56 & 58’s on merry go round trains with class 20, 37 and 47’s on other freight at Shirebrook, Creswell, Chesterfield and Clay Cross.

“Old Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band”  

Ian Knapton uploaded to YouTube a compilation of images of the old Ireland Colliery Chesterfield band from the 1980s and 1990s.

In The 1990s


RUSSANDTILLY. A busy couple of hours at chesterfield with class 37,47,56,58,60 all on freight, plus plenty of intercity hsts.

The 21st Century

“Chesterfield Nightlife Video” 

SmatchedUK created a video montage of revellers enjoying a night out on 3rd & 4th December 2010.

“Chesterfield Town Centre Portas Pilots – Actions Speak Louder Than Words

In March 2012, Destination Chesterfield worked in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council to submit a bid for Chesterfield to become a Portas’ Pilot town. The top retail consultant and TV personality Mary Portas wanted to revamp Britain’s high streets which were struggling to cope with general economic conditions and the rise of internet shopping.

” Fire & Flood: Chesterfield a Week Of Misery – The Flood” 

In 2015 Paul Kaye uploaded to YouTube this three minute sample taken from the “Fire & Flood: Chesterfield A Week of Misery” film DVD.

“Archaeological dig update, Chesterfield Donut car park” 

Chesterfield Borough Council. In 2019 archaeological excavation work took place at part of the Donut (Holywell Cross) car park, before work on the new enterprise centre could start. 16th century pottery had previously been found on the site. Glyn Davies of ArcHeritage gives an update on the progress of the dig.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Chesterfield a town?

More than a quarter of a million people live in Derbyshire’s only city,  Derby. Chesterfield is the largest town in Derbyshire, with about 104,000 resident. Bakewell is the largest Derbyshire settlement in the Peak District National Park, but with a tiny population of roughly 4,000 people.

What is Chesterfield famous for?

Chesterfield is famous for its Crooked Spire on the Church of St Mary and All Saints, and its markets, which offer thrice-weekly general markets, a monthly farmers’ market and a weekly Flea/Antiques market.

Why is Chesterfield called Chesterfield?

In AD70 the Roman army built a fort in the area as part of their advance across Wales and the North. The Anglo Saxons used the word ‘caester’ for fort, and added their word ‘feld’ to describe the grazing land near the fort.

How far is it from Chesterfield to Bakewell?

Chesterfield to Bakewell by car is 13 miles, which takes about 27 minutes by car. Travelling through the hills and small roads of the Peak District National Park means driving is much slower than you may be used to.

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Thanks to Alan Wright for use of the image of Chesterfield’s famous Crooked Spire on the Church of St Mary and All Saints, shown at the top of this page.