From ‘fairytale homes’ to a ‘bizzare bunker’

buildings of chesterfield

Here, author Richard Bradley selects his favourite six from his latest book, Chesterfield in 50 Buildings, even though some are a few miles from the town (but do have Chesterfield in their addresses, he stresses!).

WHAT we see nowadays is a forlorn shell, but this clearly once grand house was built in 1724–29 for Nicholas Leke, the 4th Earl of Scarsdale, to a design by Francis Smith of Warwick. The architect’s brief was to build a grand residence that would rival other local stately homes like Chatsworth; indeed, when viewed from the east frontage, the ruins have a feel of a postapocalyptic Chatsworth.