Battle of Chesterfield – 750th anniversary event
A large, medieval-style event is coming to the town centre to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Chesterfield. Full timings for the day below. There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy including an arena and medieval craft area in New Square, along with music, dancing and games and a battle from the Swords of Mercia recreation group.
The highlight of the day will be a re-enactment of Robert de Ferrers being brought out of Revenues Hall and paraded through town on a medieval style cart. He will then be ‘tried’ in New Square and banished from Chesterfield! Local groups – businesses, charities, schools, clubs and residents are all invited to form into guilds and march into New Square on the day. It’s free! And maybe you can create a banner and bring it into New Square in the town centre on the day for an amazing day out. Everyone is invited to get involved in the preparations.
Timings so far for the day:
11:00 Event Opens
11:00 Arena – Music from Baldwin’s Wake
11:15 Arena – Dance from Cock and Magpie Morris/Chesterfield Garland Dancers
11.30 Arena – Swords of Mercia – family-friendly activity involving children
12.00 Arena – Music from Baldwin’s Wake
12.15 Arena – Dance from Cock and Magpie/Chesterfield Garland
13.00 Mayor’s arrival and tour of New Square
13.30 Arena – Henry of Almain calls for Robert de Ferrers to answer the charges against him
Robert de Ferrers brought in on cart from outside Revenues Hall; Swords of Mercia Trial by Combat
14.00 Arena – announce winners of Library’s “Then and Now Competition”
Guild of Bellringers ringing Chesterfield Bob Major at Crooked Spire
14.05 Arena – Dance from Cock and Magpie/Chesterfield Garland
14.30 Arena – Music from Baldwin’s Wake
15.00 Event ends
Throughout the day (in no particular order) – Design a Shield competition at Guild of Books & Reading Stall, Ferret Handler; Pedlars, including Cunning Woman; Nenna Kind Archery; Swords of Mercia display; Wargame in Assembly Room; Museum stall where you’ll be able to handle artefacts from the museum’s collection of medieval history, Library stall, Yorkshire Bank stall, Crooked Spire stall; Pentrich Group; Children’s games in Assembly Room; English Heritage stall; Brampton Brewery stall; Soroptomists stall; Kilton Falconers; Derbyshire Records Office; Battlefields Trust; Pole Lathe; Spinner; Besom Maker; Commemorative Stone; Medieval Walk Leaflet.
Sponsors include Chesterfield Borough Council, Yorkshire Bank, Brampton Brewery, Banner Jones Solicitors, Derbyshire County Council, S40 Local, RP Davidson Cheese Factor, Overton Clocks and Friends of Eastwood Park, Hasland, The Really Good Cheese Company, Peacock’s Coffee Lounge, Councillor Keith Morgan Leadership Fund and Councillor Ron Mihaly Leadership Fund.