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Chesterfield Walking Festival 2015 – Chesterfield had Three Railway Stations

Maps for Download

I initially produced these plans for my own reference  , purely to ‘anchor’ reference points in my own exploring  . They proved handy in the two walks conducted by the Intrepids as part of the walking festival , so they’re here now for download as promised .

They are as accurate as I can make them , and have been checked with both GPS and alternate maps as much as possible – but different map datums , scales and GPS error still apply ! So think of them as indicators rather than perfection .

To download the maps on a computer right-click the image with the mouse and select ‘Save image as…..’ from the drop-down menu . On a tablet or phone a long press will be needed .

Ian Thomason


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Sounds In The Shadow of The Crooked Spire – Corrections !

Sounds Shadow Crooked Spire Errata


Much as I am pleased to have finally got the book onto the shelves, and receive many positive responses, there inevitably comes a time when errors come to the fore, mistakes having arisen from a number of issues.

The most embarrassing of these concern two Lance Storm and the Tempests photographs ……….

David McPhie


1 .. on page 196, the photograph of Dave Saunders and Tom Redfern; it isn’t Tom Redfern, it’s John Rodgers.

2 .. page 214, the Tempests group photo; left on back row isn’t John Rodgers, it’s Tom Redfern; on right at front isn’t Tom Redfern, it’s John Rodgers. Hopefully this doesn’t instigate an identity crisis between the two of them!

3 .. page 197, The Warriors should read Warrior, and they are not the same group as the one mentioned by Eileen Marriott on page 59 and by Veronica Sanderson Element on page 60, featuring groups appearing at the Top Rank ‘Vic’ ..… Continue Reading →

Statement from David McPhie re “Sounds in the Shadow of the Crooked Spire” and “Dirty Stop Outs Guide to 1960s Chesterfield”

It has been brought to my notice that the inclusion of the photograph of St. Helena schoolgirls in front of the ‘Some Kinda Mushroom’ record shop in both “Sounds in the Shadow of the Crooked Spire” and ‘Dirty Stop Outs Guide to 1960s Chesterfield’ has caused distress to the women concerned. As it was me that the photograph was sent to, I therefore apologise for any distress or anxiety that this has caused, but as I have lost a series of emails from around two years ago during the period that the photograph was forwarded to me, then I cannot trace or verify the sender.
I can only repeat my regret for any distress caused as a result of the inclusion therein.

David McPhie  5th Feb 2019Continue Reading →