Clock on Chesterfield’s Crooked Spire church to start ticking again soon

Repairs to the clock took place last April.
Repairs to the clock took place last April.
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The clock on Chesterfield’s iconic Crooked Spire church should start ticking again next week.

The timepiece on the 14th century building hasn’t moved since before Christmas – after it broke for the second time in a year.

Clockmakers Smith of Derby have repaired a faulty pulley which is set to be replaced on Monday.

Rev Patrick Coleman, vicar at the Crooked Spire, said: “I’ll be both surprised and displeased if we have any further significant problems with the clock.”

He added that Chesterfield Borough Council will be paying the repair bill of nearly £2,000.

The clock was out of action for three months at the start of last year.

Smith of Derby repaired the clock mechanism and workmen staged a dramatic abseil from the church tower to place the hands back on the clock face.

The Crooked Spire – a Grade I listed building – is the largest church in Derbyshire.

There are a number of stories about why the spire is twisted.

One says that a virgin married in the church and the spire turned around to look at the bride.

Legend also has it that a blacksmith from Bolsover made a poor job of shoeing the Devil who, lashing out in agony as he passed over Chesterfield, gave the spire a violent kick.

In reality, however, it is believed the inclination was caused by unseasoned wood and heavy lead tiles.

For more information about the Crooked Spire, visit www.chesterfieldparishchurch.org.uk