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Coordinates: 53°05′49″N 1°22′48″W / 53.097°N 1.380°W / 53.097; -1.380

Alfreton
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Alfreton High Street in 2007
Alfreton is located in Derbyshire
Alfreton

 Alfreton shown within Derbyshire
Population 22,302 
OS grid reference SK414558
District Amber Valley
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ALFRETON
Postcode district DE55
Dialling code 01773
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Amber Valley
List of places: UK • England • Derbyshire

Alfreton is a town and civil parish in Amber Valley, Derbyshire, England, adjoining the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire districts. It is at the junction of the A38 and A61. It has a population of 22,000, which includes villages south of the A38. The Alfreton urban area (including South Normanton) totals 41,000.

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Local economy

The main industry of Alfreton was coal mining but since the mines closed in the 1960s, it is light industry and warehousing. The Thorntons chocolate factory is based to the south of Alfreton, between Derby Road (B6179) and Nottingham Road (B600) 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. At the A38 junction with the A61, there is a BP service station with a Little Chef and Travelodge. The A38 previously terminated at Derby, being extended north to Alfreton, along the course of the former A61 in the early 1970s. The section to the M1 used to be the A615. The nearby Hayes Conference Centre provides some jobs. Alfreton town centre has six charity shops, which stock a wide variety of clothes, ornaments and jigsaws.

Transport

Alfreton's railway station was closed as part of the Beeching era of rail cuts. On 7th of May 1973 a station was opened on the same site called Alfreton and Mansfield Parkway. When Mansfield regained its own station as part of the Robin Hood Line re-openings, the name was changed to Alfreton. Services run to London St Pancras in the morning and evening peaks with an hourly service also running to Liverpool and Norwich. A new hourly service has also been introduced and serves the Leeds to Nottingham route.

Geography

Alfreton is located at 53°06′00″N 01°23′00″W / 53.1°N 1.3833333°W / 53.1; -1.3833333 (53.1000, -1.3833)1.

Politics

Alfreton is part of the Amber Valley constituency, the MP is Judy Mallaber (Labour). The local council for Alfreton is Amber Valley Borough Council.

Notable residents

  • Benjamin Outram, civil engineer was born here in 1764[1]
  • Robert Watchorn emigrated to America through Castle Garden. He served as the US Commissioner of Immigration at Ellis Island, between 1905 and 1909. He later worked as vice president of the Union Oil Company.
  • James Young patented a process to obtain oil from coal whilst working in Alfreton in 1848.
  • Tom Fox recently received an MBE from the Queen for his outstanding contribution to the youth in the Amber Valley area. He joined Derbyshire County Council over 30 years ago in 1972 and started working at Alfreton's Polygon Youth Centre. Although he retired from his youth worker job in 2006, he still helps out one night a week. The emphasis of the award was for his work with children with special needs.
  • Sally Pepper who presents the weather on the BBC's local evening news programme: East Midlands Today.
  • Norman Whitehead[2] (1915-1983), was born and painted actively in the area during the 1930s.

Education

The local secondary school is Alfreton Grange Arts College[3] (ages 11–18) on Grange Street. The school was recently renamed, having previously been known as the Mortimer Wilson School for many decades.

Sport

The local football club is Alfreton Town, who are currently in the Conference North League.

Alfreton Cricket Club currently play in the Derbyshire Premier League and run 4 senior teams on Saturdays. They play on the picturesque Alfreton Park. [4]

Alfreton has an active cycling club, organising a full programme of Audax events. They meet at Roger's Lane car park on Sundays at 9.00am and Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm.

Professional wrestling shows were often shown in Alfreton, with the likes of British legends as Big Daddy, Jackie Pallo and Blackjack Mulligan performing.

There is also a snooker club situated on High Street as well as Alfreton Golf Club on Wingfield Road close to the cricket club.

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.

Alfreton is home to 1401 (Alfreton and Ripley) Squadron of the Air Training Corps.

References

  1. ^ Schofield, R.B., (2000) Benjamin Outram, Cardiff: Merton Priory Press
  2. ^ http://www.normanwhitehead.com/
  3. ^ Alfreton Grange Arts College, accessed September 2009
  4. ^ Play-Cricket the ECB Cricket Network

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Alfreton


Alfreton shown within Derbyshire
Population 22,302
OS grid reference SK414558
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ALFRETON
Postcode district DE55
Dialling code 01773
European Parliament East Midlands
List of places: UKEngland • Derbyshire
Coordinates: 53°05′49″N 1°22′48″W / 53.097°N 1.38°W / 53.097; -1.38

Alfreton is a town in Amber Valley in Derbyshire. It is at the junction of the A38 and A61 roads. It has a population of about 22,000. The Alfreton area has 41,000 people in it.

Contents

Local economy

The work in Alfreton was coal mining. Since the mines closed in the 1960s, it is now light industry and warehousing. The Thornton's chocolate factory is to the south of Alfreton.

The A38 road was extended north to Alfreton in the early 1970s. Alfreton town centre has six charity shops, which stock a wide variety of clothes, ornaments and jigsaws.

Politics

Alfreton's MP is Judy Mallaber.

Notable Residents

  • Benjamin Outram, Engineer was born here in 1764[1]
  • James Young (Scottish chemist) got oil from coal here in 1848.
  • Norman Whitehead[2] (1915-1983), was born and painted here during the 1930s.

Education

The local secondary school is Alftreton Grange Arts College[3] (ages 11–18) on Grange Street. The school was renamed, having been Mortimer Wilson School for many years.

References

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  1. Schofield, R.B., (2000) Benjamin Outram, Cardiff: Merton Priory Press
  2. Norman Whitehead, accessed September 2009
  3. Alfreton Grange Arts College, accessed September 2099


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