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Archives and Libraries

The Alfreton Library on Severn Square is normally open six days a week and they have a Local Studies and Family History section to help you in your search.



  • JOHNSON, Reginald - A History of Alfreton. G.C. Brittain & Sons, Ripley, 1968. ISBN unknown.


  • Alfreton Cemetery on Rogers Lane is under the control of the Amber Valley Borough Council in Ripley.
  • The cemetery of 4.5 acres opened in 1891.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010.



  • The parish was the centre of the Alfreton sub-district of the Belper Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2514 thru 2516
1891 R.G. 12 / 2748 & 2749
1911 R.G. 13 / 20996


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Alfreton area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Martin.
  • Portions of the church date back to 1200.
  • The church was thoroughly restored and considerably enlarged in 1868-69.
  • The church seats 560.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. Martin's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish registers date only from 1706.
  • We have a pop-up window of Alfreton burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • Marriages at Alfreton, 1706-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • The church was in the Alfreton Deanery.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in Chaple Street in 1809.
  • The Primitive Methosists took over the former Baptist chapel on Nesbit Road in 1851.
  • The Independents built a chapel here in Church Street in 1850. The webpage author thinks this is now Wycliffe Church.
  • Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of the Wycliffe Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.
  • There have been Catholic worshippers in the parish since the 1500s, but the numbers dwindled down to two families in the mid-1800s. The tiny Catholic Church of Saint Mary in Park Street opened in 1883. The Catholic parish is now called "Christ the King Parish". The present Catholic Church opened in September, 1927.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was the centre of the Alfreton sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

Correctional Institutions

  • The town gaol was a small lock-up built in 1820 as a "House of Confinement."
  • Any public records would likely be in the petty session hearing records.
  • Nikki MAHADEVAN has a photograph of the House of Confinement on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2006.

Description and Travel

"ALFRETON is a market town, and with Alfreton-outseats forms a parish in the hundred of Scarsdale; 141 miles from London, 51 S.E. from Manchester, 14 N. from Derby, 10 S. from Chesterfield, and 7 N. by E. from Belper. The town, which possesses no pretensions to uniformity in its arrangement, or beauty in its buildings, is seated upon a small eminence."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

Alfreton is in the Amber Valley of Derby, near the #28 junction on the M1 motorway. There is bus service from several towns and villages in the area. Passenger rail service ceased in the 1960s, but began again in 1973.

You can see pictures of Alfreton which are provided by:





Ask for a calculation of the distance from Alfreton to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Alfreton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.




Military History

  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2005.
  • Ian S. also has a photograph of the War Memorial on King Street on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2015.
  • Likewise, Alf BEARD has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010.

Military Records

For a photograph of the Alfreton War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.

The Traces of War website shows us the Alfreton, United Methodist Sunday School memorial with the list of names.

These service people are buried in Commonwealth War Graves in the Alfreton Cemetery:

  1. Gray BLACKBURN, captain, Royal Army Svc. Corps, age 49, died 10 Nov. 1942.
  2. Elias C. BREARLEY, srgt., RAF Vol. Rsv., age 29, died 7 Sept. 1941.
  3. W. HAYNES, sapper, Ryl. Eng., died 22 Sept. 1916.
  4. Ernest W. LINEKER, pri., Leics. Rgt., age 19, died 3 Mar. 1918.
  5. Alfred PATRICK, driver, Royal Army Svc. Corps, age 41, died 1 April 1919.
  6. James POWELL, corporal, Royal Army Svc. Corps, age 25, died 25 July 1944.
  7. Henry A. REEVES, musician, Royal Marine Band, age 21, died 27 Mar. 1919.
  8. Dorothy May ROBINSON, pri., Auxiliary Terr. Svcs., age 26, died 12 Oct. 1942.
  9. Raymond SEARSTON, srgt., RAF Vol. Rsv., age 20, died 6 Aug. 1943.


  • The Alfreton & Belper Journal and the Mid-Derbyshire Advertiser, established in 1870, were published every Friday by Samuel ROWBOTTOM and Son on King Street.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • The Civil Parish was enlarged by 550 acres in April, 1934, when Codnor Park Civil Parish was abolished.
  • You may contact the Alfreton Town Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • The parish is a member of the Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alfreton petty session hearings held at the Town Hall every other Wednesday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Belper Poorlaw Union.
  • For information only - the "Parish Chest" for Alfreton contains no Settlement Certificates. My grateful thanks to Janet KIRK for this information.


The Chesterfield Road (mixed senior) School was built in 1846 and enlarged four times:  1874, 1888, 1896 & 1905.

The Junior (mixed) School on Institute Lane was erected in 1893 and enlarged in 1907.

The Infants' (council) School on Marshall Street was erected in 1907 for 412 children.