Time for more repairs on broken clock at Chesterfield’s Crooked Spire church

Repairs to the clock took place last April.
Repairs to the clock took place last April.

Repairs are set to take place on the clock at Chesterfield’s iconic Crooked Spire church – after it broke for the second time in a year.

The timepiece on the 14th century building hasn’t moved since before Christmas – but experts hope to get it ticking again within the next few days.

Rev Patrick Coleman, vicar at the Crooked Spire, said: “There is a fairly simple problem with one of the weights and pulleys that drive the clock mechanism.

“Clockmakers Smith of Derby were kind enough to come out the Monday before Christmas to attend to the clock and the problem will be dealt with in the course of its annual service in the next few days.”

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