On July 20, 2019, members of the Historical Society visited the Spital Cemetery in Chesterfield for a guided tour of the first public cemetery in the town.
It was opened in August 1857 in response to a need for burial spaces for a rapidly increasing (and dying!) population. It also responded to the demands of non-conformists who did not wish to be buried in accordance with the rites of the Church of England. Initially there was no provision for Catholics but in 1859 land was consecrated for their burial.