The crooked spire of Chesterfield’s St Marys and All saints church is quite a famous landmark in Chesterfields skyline. How the spire came to be can be quite simply explained by the use of green or unseasoned timber in its construction. However, in common folklore, there are numerous explanations as to why the spire is twisted.
A similar story has the Devil causing mischief in Chesterfield, seating himself on the spire and wrapping his tail around it. The people of the town rang the church bells and the Devil, frightened by the clamour, tried to jump away with his tail still wound about the spire, causing it to twist.