6 reasons why you should move to Alfreton
PUBLISHED: 00:00 16 September 2019
Neighbourhood know-how, places and people
Alfreton is within easy reach of many of Derbyshire's main attractions. Close to Junction 28 of the M1, it is just off the A38 and on the A61 to Chesterfield. Derby and Nottingham are near, and you can take the A615 to explore the delights of the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District, which are on Alfreton's doorstep. The railway station (with over 100 parking spaces) is a great asset, with regular trains to Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Norwich and connections to all points north and south.
Alfreton is a blend of town and country, industrial and residential, historic and new, with busy shopping streets and a lovely tranquil park - and Centenary Green, one of the last official village greens to be created in the country.
Bag a property
Property is on the up in the area with impressive new housing at Damstead Park on the edge of the town drawing in outsiders: prices there range from £299,000 for a 3-bed detached to £451,000 for a 5-bed with double garage.
Alfreton has retained several banks and has an impressive modern library. The health centre is also new, next door to the reinvigorated (and invigorating), award-winning leisure centre. There's also the first school in the county to be sponsored by a local firm, The David Nieper Academy, which is committed to developing local people's skills.
David Nieper is a name Derbyshire can be proud of, designing and making clothes 'the time-honoured way'. It has an exclusive company shop, with café. The massive Tesco Superstore - open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day with nearly 500 customer parking spaces - also deserves a mention.
Alfreton's market charter was granted in 1252 and the town is still well-served by its indoor market hall, an antique centre on King Street, high street retailers and some great independent shops. To mention a few: the Bedshop's 28 years in business are proof of its quality, Curiosity Interiors has been trading since 1974 and stocks beautiful handmade furniture and accessories and Couture @ 24 is currently stocking unique Italian and French designer wear for parties, weddings and cruises - you can be assured of a friendly welcome, lovely atmosphere, good value and great customer service.
In search of history
Alfreton grew to be Derbyshire's third largest town, but by the 1960s most of the coal mines which sustained it had closed - but the typical miners' traits, friendliness, resilience, plain dealing and an ability to work hard remain.
Something sure to strike you in the town centre is Alfreton's beautiful and poignant war memorial with a bronze figure of a soldier in battledress protecting a child. Dedicated in July 1927, it was funded by public subscription, the largest donation, £2,000, coming from Robert Watchorn of Los Angeles - a local pit boy who emigrated and found success in America but didn't forget his roots. Alfreton and District Heritage Trust recently hosted a talk on the memorial. Its museum at the Heritage Chapel on Rodgers Lane is open on Sunday afternoons, 2-4pm. The oldest house in the town, built c.1649-60, is Grade II listed Alfreton House, owned by the town council. An absolute gem, it has its own cheerful tea rooms and sits at the end of the high street. On King Street is the House of Confinement, a parish lock-up dating from the early 19th century that has recently been restored with a seat and landscaped garden at the side. The large and lovely church of St Martin of Tours dates from the 12th century with Victorian additions and is close to impressive Grade II* listed Alfreton Hall, originally the seat of the Lord of the Manor. A new hall was built c.1724-25 by Rowland Morewood with an additional wing added in 1855 by William Palmer-Morewood. It's this wing - with glorious surrounding parkland - that remains today, restored to its former grandeur.
The elegant rooms of Alfreton Hall host weddings and conferences. There's a choice of bridal suite and boutique bedrooms and it also has popular tea rooms where you can sit in the champagne lounge or on the terrace. In Alfreton there's no shortage of welcoming places to stop for a snack or something more substantial.
You'll find a truly friendly greeting at M.a.d.e @ No.18 on Church Street, where the counter is laden with tasty cakes and the delicious, freshly-made Derbyshire breakfast includes oatcakes and sausages from award-winning Alfreton butcher Owen Taylor and bread from Jacksons in Chesterfield (and there are vegan and gluten-free choices too). If you'd like to make a pot, buy a pot, paint a pot or enjoy a light lunch or great homemade cake and milkshakes made with Derbyshire Jersey ice cream, The Pottery on Wycliffe Road is the place for you!
Sport and Leisure
State-of-the-art Alfreton Leisure Centre is one of the county's finest with great swimming and gym facilities, 80 classes a week for children and adults and 1,000 visitors a day from the age of six months to 90 to testify to its popularity. It also hosts national events. The town can also boast Alfreton Town Football Club, The Reds, who play in National League North, and Alfreton Cricket Club. There are tennis and golf clubs nearby.