The legend is thought to date from the 13th or 14th century and tells how two imps were sent to Earth by Satan to cause as much mischief and mayhem as possible. Arriving in the north of England they set about their task with glee and malice causing mayhem and mischief everywhere they went. Settling on the spire of St. Mary’s Church in Chesterfield they spitefully twisted it out of shape and even today the results of their mischief can still be seen. Today, the Crooked Spire is a well-known feature of Chesterfield, though there are other legends which give different accounts of how this came to be.
The imps were not satisfied with their handiwork and went on a spree of mayhem and mischief.