Guided Visit: Spital Cemertery and Chapel, Chesterfield

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Guided Tour: Spital Cemetery and Chapel, Chesterfield Sunday 8th September, 2-3:30pm £8

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As part of a specially selected programme of guided walks and visits, Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT) are offering a guided tour of Spital Cemetery and Chapel, Chesterfield.

This is an opportunity to visit a truly remarkable place. Spital Cemetery was the second public cemetery to open in Derbyshire after Derby. The chapels, winding paths, trees, hillside site and flower carvings all give this Victorian Garden Cemetery its unique character and there have been over 26,000 burials in the time it has been open.

The cemetery, of 8 acres, with two mortuary chapels, was opened in Spital in 1857 at a cost of £6,000. The contractors were Messrs. Coates and Burrows of Chesterfield . On the 1st edition 25" Ordinance Survey map of c.1880 the two chapels situated in Spital Cemetery are clearly marked. The northern-most chapel was a Dissenter's chapel, the other was an Episcopal chapel.

George Bidlake and Henry Lovatt of Wolverhampton won a competition to design the ‘Cemetery Church and Chapel’, also the entrance gate piers, the arch in the cemetery wall and the Lodge where the superintendent lived and worked. All are now listed Grade II.

The chapels are no longer used for services.

The walk will be led by members of The Friends of Spital Cemetery (FoSC), who have a wealth of knowledge about the wonderful place, its features, and the people buried there. Be caught up in their enthusiasm , and you will soon learn that Spital Cemetery is, in their hands, a haven for wildlife, and a place of remembrance, heritage and learning for the community.

Refreshments, free of charge, will be offered by the FoSC at St.Leonards after the walk. Tickets cost £8.

Stout boots are advised for this walk, and there are steps and uneven paths to negotiate. It is not a suitable walk for those with walking difficulties.

There is good parking along the line of the Lime Trees just inside the top gates up Hady Hill (before you get to Cemetery Road).

Meet at the Chapels, which you will see from the Top Entrance, at 1.55pm on Sunday 8th September.

The party will be limited to 20. Early booking is recommended.

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