Alfreton

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

Alfreton
Alfreton House.jpg
Alfreton House is very old
Alfreton is located in Derbyshire
Alfreton
 Alfreton shown within Derbyshire
Population 22,302 
OS grid reference SK414558
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ALFRETON
Postcode district DE55
Dialling code 01773
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
UK
England
Derbyshire

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.

Local economy[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

Alfreton's MP is Judy Mallaber.

Notable Residents[change | change source]

  • 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[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

  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