Town makes plans to mark anniversary of the Battle of Chesterfield

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Discussions are underway on how to mark the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Chesterfield next year.

A large medieval-style event in the town centre is one of the ideas being considered by the newly set up Battle of Chesterfield 750 group.

The fight, which took place in and around Chesterfield on May 15 1266, involved baronial and royalist forces.

The Battle of Chesterfield 750 group held a public meeting earlier this month to explore ways to commemorate the event.

Anthony Radford, arts and venues manager at Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “We’re very keen to try and make something happen to mark the battle – we may be able to find some funding for this project.

“It’s a great opportunity and one we certainly don’t want to miss.

“A lot of people don’t know about the Battle of Chesterfield and as a council we’re keen to promote it.”

Members of the group discussed the possibility of inviting residents to a large-scale gathering in the town centre which would include medieval-style music, food and demonstrations.

Historical literature states that the baronial leaders – including Baldwin Wake, the Lord of Chesterfield, and Robert Ferrers, the Earl of Derby – clashed with royalist forces led by Henry of Almain, nephew to Henry III.

The royalists used wagons to gain entry to the town.

A bloody battle ensued and the royalist forces eventually won.

Wake escaped the fighting and joined with other disinherited barons at the Isle of Axholme.

Ferrers was captured, taken “in irons” to London and “totally disinherited” later that year.

Amid the fighting, men of Brampton rushed to the Crooked Spire to defend a wall in the churchyard they had made.

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