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.

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