Alfreton

Visit the town of Alfreton for a range of national high street names plus a traditional Indoor Market Hall.  From clothing to cards and cobblers the Market Hall offers a range of quality goods stalls and personal service.  The town includes lots of surprises and independent traders, including a Stained Glass specialist.

 

Robert Watchorn, Commissioner of Immigration at Ellis Island, USA bequeathed funds to his home town to build the Watchorn Church and Abraham Lincoln Library, and  together with the House Of Confinement - The Old Lock Up provides a wealth of history for the area.  Come and discover the towns folklore links to the Great King Alfred.

 

Special Places not to be missed:

  • Alfreton House - The Oldest property in Alfreton
  • The House of Confinement  - Alfreton Lock Up
  • Beautiful Alfreton Park - countryside on the edge of the town
  • Alfreton Party in the Park - Family Fun September
  • Alfreton Heritage Centre and Watchorn Church celebrations
  • Indoor Market Hall - Character traders offering variety and value.   Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

 

Alfreton High Street

 

Alfreton History

 

Alfreton is thought to be the site of the ancient town of 'Elstretune' as mentioned in the Domesday Book.  Local legend says that King Alfred gave the town its name and  who is said to have lived in a house on King Street.
 

The market at Alfreton was granted, in 1251, to Robert de Latham and Thomas de Chaworth.  Originally the market was to be held every Monday, together with a fair for three days at the festival of St. Margaret. This charter was renewed in 1551 when Thomas Babington of Dethick got permission to hold the market Monday to Friday.  Today Alfreton holds an indoor market on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

 

One of Alfreton's most famous residents was Robert Watchorn who went on to become Commissioner of Immigration at the American Museum based on Ellis Island, New York.  Robert Watchorn never forgot the place of his birth and used some of his wealth to re-build the area of the town from which he originated.

 

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