On-line resources


You will find more detailed resources about Chesterfield and district’s buildings on this page.

Access information on the history of our blue plaque buildings via the interactive map.

The links below will download a pdf direct to your device:

Map of Chesterfield with Visitor information

Trail Leaflet – Chesterfield’s Black and White Buildings

An introduction to the Black and White buildings in the centre of Chesterfield including a sketch map of locations .

A Brief History of Thornfield

This note was prepared by the society in 2017 to assist
Chesterfield Borough Council in determining a planning application at Thornfield House, Stonegravels. At one stage the house was to be demolished but a rethink saved the property. The note incorporates a history of the house.

A History of the Victoria Centre

We’re grateful to Janet Murphy for permission to reproduce her history of this important ‘black and white’ building on Knifesmithgate, Chesterfield. The property is currently empty.

A History of the Shrubberies

This villa property on Newbold Road, Chesterfield, has sadly been demolished. It was built sometime between 1852 and 1857. This historical note was prepared as part of our objections to the property being demolished.

Notes on the former St Helena Girls’ High School, Sheffield Road (now the University of Derby’s Sheffield Campus) and GH Widdows

This Grade II listed building was and indeed still is an important centre of education in Chesterfield. It was also designed by county architect GH Widdows, whose important career we briefly cover in this note.


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Page last updated 7 April 2022.