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Looking towards Parish Church, with its crooked spire, dating to c. 1325-50. St Mary and All Saints is so often overshadowed by its spire that many people don't notice that its the largest church in Derbyshire. The tall spire is crooked due to the timber framework warping. (Although legend tells of a powerful magician who persuaded a Bolsover blacksmith to shoe the Devil. The blacksmith, however drove a nail into the Devil's foot. Howling with rage, the Devil took flight towards Chesterfield. Skimming over the Church, he lashed out in agony, caught the spire and twisted it out of shape. Local people have their own explanation that a virgin was getting married at the church,and the spire, never having seen a virgin bride before, leaned over to have a closer look. Should the event ever happen again, the spire will think it commonplace and straighten up.) The large number of prosperous guilds in medieval Chesterfield accounts for the wealthy chapels attached to the church. On the extreme left is the Angel Hotel. Now the Post Office, this was one of the oldest inns in Chesterfield. It closed when stage coaches were introduced and more stables were required. Freemasons would hold meetings here. There was a banqueting room used by the council for events. The hotel closed in 1915 and used by the Red Cross as a waste paper depot. It was destroyed by fire in 1917 and the ruins demolished in 1926 to make way for the Post Office and Westminster Bank.