Iconic Derbyshire hotel disappears from skyline for good

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For near 150 years, people entering Chesterfield from the train station have been welcomed by a view of the Chesterfield Hotel as they headed towards the town centre and, of course, the world-famous Crooked Spire. However, that view has now changed forever after demolition work to remove the hotel from the town’s skyline was completed.

Opened in 1877, the hotel quickly became a key feature of Derbyshire town with many of the 73 bedrooms being used on a regular basis. The building was also home to an iconic and very grand ballroom often used by people, companies and organisations across the town for their special events.

Despite opening nearly 150 years ago, the building didn’t stay as it was when those first guests walked through the doors. The main addition was the creation of the swimming pool, spa area and gym.

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However, a downturn in customers, along with the opening of other more high-end hotels in Chesterfield, spelt the end for the iconic property on Malkin Street, and it finally closed its doors for good in 2015. Since that time, the hotel has sat empty and almost forgotten, with the only people going inside including urban explorers who used their torches and camera phones to shed light upon the old building.

A single blue door remains at the hotel, pictured, in what would have been the basement area
A single blue door remains at the hotel, in what would have been the basement area

The hotel was bought by Prestige Hotels (Midlands) for £700,000 and it’s thought the company spent £300,000 on repair and refurbishment work. It was then put back on the market with an asking price of £1.25 million in 2018, but it was withdrawn prior to the sale.

In recent years plans have been proposed for the site to be turned into two “mixed use” buildings, one of which could be a hotel or residential block and the other an office block.

However, those waiting to see the two tower blocks starting to take shape will have to be patient after a planning application was submitted to demolish the hotel and turn it into a temporary car park. 88 car parking spaces will be created in the ‘pay and display’ car park, with work on it due to start in the next few months once all the rubble, bricks and rubbish has been cleared from the site.

Soon, people will be able to park their cars on the site and head off either into the town centre or on a train around the country
Soon, people will be able to park their cars on the site and head off either into the town centre or on a train around the country

Demolition work on the old hotel started back in May this year with the removal of all the interior fixtures and fittings, including even the floorboards. Work on the outside of the property started in June 2022 and has taken around three months to complete.

Builders have now started the painstaking job of sifting through all the rubble to rescue any items, such as bricks, that can be used again on a different project before the whole site is cleared, re-tarmacked and marked out in preparation for the first cars to roll onto the site and begin its life as a car park.


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