Alfreton is an attractive former coal mining Derbyshire town, situated on the A61 Derby to Sheffield road, within easy reach of Derbyshire's most attractive countryside. The M1 motorway is close enough to give Alfreton easy access to the larger cities of Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield. The local council for Alfreton is Amber Valley Borough Council.
There are some fine 18th century buildings in Alfreton including the George Hotel which looks down over the high street, and Alfreton Hall. The Hall was built around 1724-25 for George Morewood and was owned by the Palmer Morewood family, owners of many of the local coal mines, until 1963, when the County Council acquired it and surrounding land. Part of the house was demolished, the remainder was converted into an arts and adult education centre. The land was used as part of an attractive public park, providing facilities for swimming and other sports. Now the old lido has been demolished and the land is the site of the Alfreton Primary Care Centre. The hall has been nicely restored and is now a conference centre.
Alfreton has all the modern shops, a newly built Tesco stores and a well used indoor market hall. Traffic as in similar surrounding towns appears to be quite a problem.
Robert Watchorn, a former local pit boy, returned to Alfreton after making his fortune in America and did much to improve the southern end of the town.
Just off the High street, close to the Hall is the large parish church of St Martin. It has a Perp west tower rising from a 13th century ground floor. The south arcade has octagonal piers and may date from around 1325. The north arcade was added on in 1868. Most of the windows are Perp. The church contains monuments to the Morewood family.
At the bottom of King street is a former 'house of confinement', built in 1820. It is a rectangular shaped lock-up with a round headed doorway and 2 small round windows.
The Thorntons chocolate factory is based to the south of Alfreton on the site of Swanwick Colliery. A lot of the local area is involved with manufacturing and warehousing, due to its proximity to junction 28 of the M1.
The local secondary school is Alfreton Grange Arts Colleges recently renamed from the Mortimer Wilson School.
Alfreton Leisure Centre was re-opened in May 2008. The centre offers brand new top class equipment, including a 60 station gym, sauna, dance studio, swimming pool, badminton and squash courts.
For places to eat in the Alfreton area see Alfreton Food and Drink
Chemists in Alfreton
Boots the Chemists
36 High Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7BL
69-71 High St, Alfreton, DERBYSHIRE, DE55 7DP
1 Limes Avenue, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7DW
Doctors in Alfreton
Limes Medical Centre
Limes Medical Centre, Limes Avenue, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7DW
Somercotes Medical Centre
22 Nottingham Road, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 3AY
Blackwell Medical Centre
Gloves Lane, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 5JJ
Dentists in Alfreton
Hafren House Dental Surgery
1 Cressy Road
Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7BR
Oasis Dental Care
5 Church Street
Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7AH
G R Jenkinson
13 Mansfield Road
Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7JJ
Photographs from Alfreton at Alfreton Photographs
Alfreton Town Football Club. Alfreton Town play in the Conference National division.
Local news on Alfreton and area.