History on the town of Alfreton in the county of Derbyshire

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Alfreton

I have enjoyed a drink or two in Alfreton's pubs over the years - before and after Wetherspoon's! We have even used the latter on one occasion when we meandered on our bicycles on a touring ride/pub crawl from Derby and few other places had anything to eat, unless it was chips! Talking of which, many years ago I delivered some frozen food to the Kwik Save and was puzzled why the manager had ordered so many chips - a whole pallet of the things. He told me that Alfreton folk loved their chips. And as I pulled the truck out of the service yard and turned right along the High Street, I noticed a huge queue outside one of the shops - I turned to see what exciting offers the retail outlet was selling to attract such a crowd and laughed when I noticed it was a chippy!

I suppose in the 1980's and 1990's there was an air of post-industrial and post-mining gloom about the place but I still liked visiting Alfreton. The people were generally friendly and you could still find beauty in certain pockets of the town. When it was improved, the A38 took traffic away from the town that was once an important crossroads between Derby and Chesterfield. Improved transport communications led to the development of industrial estates on former coal mining territory close to the dual carriageway and this remains an important part of the local economy.

Map of Alfreton [1900]

Wind the clock back to Edwardian times and Alfreton was a large market town and head of a petty sessional division and county court district and, if including the outlying villages, was an extensive parish. Trade directories of the period described the town as "pleasantly situated on the brow of a hill." The Church of Saint Martin was described as an "edifice of stone consisting of chancel, nave of five bays, aisles, south porch, vestry and a western tower containing a clock and eight bells, dating from 1627 to 1901.

Church of Saint Martin at Alfreton [1958]

The oldest portions of the church is the arch opening from the tower to the nave, which may certainly be attributed to the commencement of the Early English period; the only other memorial of that period is a slab, incised with the head of a sepulchral cross; it was found beneath the pavement of the chancel and, in 1894, was fixed in the chancel wall and protected in front by a sheet of plate glass. The nave is separated from the aisles by arcades of five arches of the Decorated period on circular columns with octagonal bases, erected about 1320, the eastern-most arches being added in 1868, when the chancel was extended. To this period also belongs the south doorway.

The tower is a fair specimen of Early Perpendicular, and was probably built at the beginning of the 15th century. The windows of the south aisle are Perpendicular; of the same period is the vestry, which is boldly vaulted with stone and rubble. Built into the north wall of the chancel is a large slab of grit stone, with brass shield of arms and Latin inscription to John Ormond esq. [1503] and Joan his wife, daughter and heiress of Sir William Chatworth [1507]. In the north aisle are monuments to Anthony Morewood, gentleman [1636], and others of that name. There is a reredos of Derbyshire alabaster, into which has been skilfully worked a large slab of alabaster formerly on the chancel floor. There are also seven memorial windows, that at the east end being a memorial to Charles R. Palmer-Morewood esq. of Alfreton Hall, who died in 1873."

Church of Saint Martin at Alfreton [2003]

1876 Post Office Directory

Allen Mescach, The Plough
Bradford Charles, Beer Retailer, Park Street
Bramfield Henry, Beer Retailer, Carnfield Lane
Clarke Joseph, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Cupit, Henry, George Hotel, Market Place
Dooley Henry, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Gibson James, Queen's Head, High Street
Hawkins Thomas, Red Lion, High Street
Hughes Owen, Swan and Salmon, Colliery Road
Jeffery William, Four Horse Shoe, King Street
Jepson George, Angel, 149 King Street
Ling George, Royal Oak, King Street
Matthews Noah, Wagon and Horses, King Street
Merriman Samuel, Beer Retailer and Greengrocer, High Street
Moore William, Beer Retailer and Boot Maker, Nottingham Road
Radford Edmund, Railway Tavern and Shopkeeper, 118 King Street
Roberts Mrs. Elizabeth, Blue Bell, High Street
Sims Thomas, Beer Retailer, 18 King Street
Townsend, Daniel, Castle, High Street
Webster Francis, King's Head Hotel, King Street

1881 Kelly's Directory

Allen Mrs. Elizabeth, The Plough
Allen Thomas, Angel, 149 King Street
Bonnington Samuel, Queen's Hotel, Derby Road
Buxton Charles, Beer Retailer, King Street
Clarke Joseph, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Cupit, Henry, George Hotel, Market Place
Hawkins Mrs. Hannah, Red Lion, High Street
Hughes Owen, Swan and Salmon, Colliery Road
Ling George, Royal Oak, King Street
Machin Anthony, Farmer and Beer Retailer, Carnfield Lane
Marsh Benjamin, Beer Retailer, Park Street
Matthews Noah, Wagon and Horses, King Street
Merriman Samuel, Beer Retailer and Greengrocer, 40 High Street
Miles Walter, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Moore William, Beer Retailer and Boot Maker, Nottingham Road
Radford Edmund, Railway Tavern and Shopkeeper, 118 King Street
Roberts Mrs. Elizabeth, Blue Bell, High Street
Sims Thomas, Beer Retailer, 18 King Street
Smedley William, Four Horse Shoes, King Street
Townsend, Daniel, Castle, High Street
Webster Francis, King's Head Hotel, King Street

1895 Kelly's Directory

Annable William, Angel Hotel, King Street
Barber Frank, Castle Inn, High Street
Bentley Joseph, Royal Oak, King Street
Bonnington Samuel, Queen's Hotel, Derby Road
Bradley Robert, Swan and Salmon, Derby Road
Brewer Charles Allen, Four Horse Shoes, King Street
Burnham John, The Plough, Nottingham Road
Buxton Charles, Beer Retailer and Fruiterer, King Street
Cartwright John, Blue Bell, High Street
Clarke Joseph, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Earnshaw Joseph, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Fletcher Joseph, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Hawkins Mrs. Hannah, Red Lion, High Street
Marshal John, Beer Retailer, Mansfield Road
Matthews Noah, Wagon and Horses, King Street
Mycroft Herbert, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Painter Thomas, Railway Inn, King Street
Schofield Alfred, George Hotel, Market Place
Sims Thomas, Beer Retailer, 18 King Street
Webster Francis, King's Head Hotel, King Street
Williamson James Chamberlain, Beer Retailer, King Street

1899 Kelly's Directory

Barber Frank, Castle Inn, High Street
Bonnington Samuel, Queen's Hotel, Derby Road
Bradley Robert, Swan and Salmon, Derby Road
Brewer Charles Allen, Four Horse Shoes, King Street
Brown Samuel, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Burnham John, The Plough, Nottingham Road
Cartwright John, Blue Bell, High Street
Clark Ernest, King's Head, King Street
Clarke Joseph, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Fell Charles, Red Lion, High Street
Fletcher John, Victoria Inn, Nottingham Road
Hawkins Mrs. Hannah, Red Lion, High Street
Marshall John, Station, Mansfield Road
Morton William, Beer Retailer and Shopkeeper, 40 High Street
Mycroft Herbert, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Ord Samuel, Angel, King Street
Painter Thomas, Railway Inn, King Street
Schofield Mrs., George Hotel, Market Place
Shaw George, Wagon and Horses, King Street
Winterbottom George, Beer Retailer, King Street
Webster Francis, King's Head Hotel, King Street

1912 Kelly's Directory

Bestwick Thomas, Railway Inn, King Street
Cartwright Elizabeth [Mrs.], Blue Bell, High Street
Charlton John Nail, King's Head, King Street
Clarke John Waiter, Four Horse Shoes, King Street
Davies George H. The Plough, Nottingham Road
Dooley Henry, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Dykes Bertram J. Angel Inn, King Street
England James, Queen's Head, Derby Road
Fletcher William, Castle Inn, High Street
Jones Richard Bromley, Beer Retailer, Park Street
Lane John, Beer Retailer, 40 High Street
Linacre William, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Marriott William, Swan and Salmon, Derby Road
Marshal John, Station Hotel, Mansfield Road
Marshal Tom, Wagon and Horses, King Street
Sankey Henry, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Shearman Joseph, Beer Retailer, King Street
Smith John, Red Lion, High Street
Truman Herbert H., George Hotel, Market Place

1925 Kelly's Directory

Ball Mrs. Ellen, Beer Retailer, Sleet Moor
Bentley Arthur, Blue Ball, High Street
Booth Alfred, Queen's Head, Derby Road
Clarke John Walter, Four Horse Shoes, 11 King Street
Dennis Stephen, Swan and Salmon, Colliery Road
Ellis Alfred, Alfred Inn, King Street
England James, Red Lion, High Street
Fearn James, George Hotel, Market Place
Fletcher William, Castle Hotel, High Street
Holmes George Frederick, Railway Inn, King Street
Lane John, Beer Retailer, 42 High Street
Linacre William, Beer Retailer, 64 Nottingham Road
Marshal Tom, Wagon and Horses, King Street
Morgan William, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Parkin Mrs. Mary, Station Hotel, Mansfield Road
Syson Reuben, Beer Retailer, Park Street
Whiteman Robert, Beer Retailer, 87 Nottingham Road
Williams Francis William, The Plough, Nottingham Road

1932 Kelly's Directory

Beaumont Herbert E., Castle Hotel, High Street
Buckley Mrs. Sarah, Blue Bell, High Street
Burrows Arthur, Beer Retailer, 87 Nottingham Road
Clay Frederick Arthur, Beer Retailer, King Street
Dennis Stephen, Swan and Salmon, Colliery Road
Dooley Albert Edward, Beer Retailer, 42 High Street
Hall Henry, Railway Inn, 105 King Street
Hazelby Harold, Railway Hotel, Mansfield Road
Hopkinson Joseph, Angel Inn, King Street
Linacre William, Beer Retailer, 64 Nottingham Road
Lomas Richard W., Wagon and Horses, King Street
Morgan William, Beer Retailer, Nottingham Road
Redfern Frederick William, Four Horse Shoes, 11 King Street
Rhodes Gladwin, Beer Retailer, Park Street
Rodwell Benjamin Hunter, George Hotel, Market Place
Shipley Frederick, Queen's Head, Derby Road
Sills Charles, Red Lion, High Street
Williams Francis William, The Plough, Nottingham Road

1941 Kelly's Directory

Angel Hotel [Joseph Hopkinson], King Street
Blue Bell [Mrs. Sarah Buckley], High Street
Castle Hotel [Clarence Bamforth], High Street
Devonshire Arms [Frederick Arthur Clay], King Street
Four Horse Shoes [Joseph Kent], 11 King Street
Gate Inn [Harold Rowe], 87 Nottingham Road
George Hotel [Stretton's Derby Brewery Ltd.], Market Place
King Alfred Hotel [Roland Leslie Parsons], High Street
Miners' Arms [Charles H. Sills], Park Street
Plough Inn [Francis William Williams], Nottingham Road
Queen's Head [Frederick Shipley], Derby Road
Railway Inn [Roland Jarman], 105 King Street
Red Lion [Thomas W. Marston], High Street
Station Hotel [Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Cosford], Mansfield Road
Swan and Salmon [Stephen Dennis], Colliery Road
Victoria Inn [William Linacre], 64 Nottingham Road
Wagon and Horses [Arthur Burrows], King Street

List of Pubs

Angel Inn
Bell Inn
Blue Bell
Castle Hotel
Coach and Horses
Devonshire Arms
Elephant and Castle
Four Horse Shoes
Gables
Gate Inn
George Hotel
George and Dragon
Golden Fleece
King Alfred Hotel
King's Head
Lower George
Miners' Arms
Nag's Head
New Inn
Plough Inn
Queen's Head
Railway Hotel
Red Lion
Robin Hood
Royal Oak
Station Hotel
Swan and Salmon
Victoria Inn
Wagon and Horses

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Quotation

The Mail Coach by John Frederick Herring

"At each Inn on the road I a welcome could find; At the Fleece I'd my skin full of ale; The Two Jolly Brewers were just to my mind; At the Dolphin I drink like a wheale. Tom Tun at the Hogshead sold pretty good stuff; They'd capital flip at the Boar; And when at the Angel I'd tippled enough, I went to the Devil for more."
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Newspaper Articles

"The Alfreton Bench of magistrates had a very serious case before them last Friday, when John Sweeting, an Alfreton man, was charged with assaulting P.C. Turner of Alfreton, on the 18th October. P.C. Turner said that on the day in question, about 9 p.m., he was on duty in King Street, Alfreton, when he saw Sweeting, drunk. His language was obscene, and witness asked him to cease, refused, and without the least warning he kicked him with full force in the stomach. He followed that up with a further assault. By Supt. Eyre : Witness was ill for a short time. The bystanders took the defendant home. Sweeting said he should not go home for witness, and he threatened to kill him. Samuel Webster, of Alfreton, gave corroborative evidence of seeing Sweeting kick the constable. Albert Taylor saw the occurrence. Mr Slack, of Clay Cross, said he had advised his client to plead guilty, and he was not answerable to his action. He had borne a good character, and he expressed his sorrow for what he had done. He hoped the Bench would take a lenient view of the case. In fact, The Chairman said they took a serious view of the case. In fact, they could not look upon it in any other light than a serious assault, seeing the nature of the kick. The constable might have been crippled for life. He only spoke for the benefit of the defendant, and was but doing his duty. Sweeting would have to go to prison for month, with hard labour."
"Alfreton Man Gets Drunk and Kicks a Constable"
Derbyshire Times : October 30th 1897 Page 3.

"By imposing heavy penalties, the Alfreton magistrates on Wednesday emphasised their intention of stopping the growing tendency of stealing glasses from public houses. George Henry Dyke, his wife, Clara Dyke, and a woman named Florrie Boot, all of South Normanton, were charged with stealing two glasses, valued at 1s.6d. each, the property of Arthur Bentley of the Blue Bell, Alfreton. Mrs Dyke pleaded guilty to stealing one but her husband said he was too drunk to know anything. Bentley stated that the defendants came to his house for drink at a busy time on Saturday night. He was sure that Dyke was sober. Dyke and his wife were ordered to pay £3.13s.3d. between them, and Florrie Boot was fined £2.8s.6d. including costs."
"Costly Glasses"
Derby Courier : August 27th 1921 Page 1.