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Local studies at Alfreton Library

Alfreton Library has a good collection of general books about the county plus many local histories of the town and its surrounding parishes. Most are for loan but there is a small reference collection of the most important and rarer works.

Other resources available at Alfreton Library:

  • Some locally produced magazines, including St Martin’s Church Magazine, Alfreton and Riddings and Ironville Church Magazine from the 1980s.

  •  A set of Derbyshire Trade directories on microfiche.

  • Census Enumerators' returns 1841 to 1901 on microfiche. These cover the town itself and surrounding villages. Coverage varies slightly from year to year but normally includes Alfreton, Riddings, Somercotes, Swanwick, Ironville, Ashover, Brackenfield, Morton, Clay Cross, North Wingfield, Shirland, Higham, Pilsley, Tupton, Stretton, Wessington, Blackwell, Newton, Tibshelf, Pinxton, South Normanton, Heage, Ripley, Crich, Pentrich, South Wingfield and many smaller communities of the area.

  • Records of inscriptions from local graveyards including Alfreton Cemetery, St Martin’s and Wycliffe Congregational, South Wingfield and Wessington, Riddings and Leabrooks.

  • A useful news cuttings collection dating from the 1980s to the present covering Alfreton and surrounding villages such as Ironville, Pinxton, Golden Valley and Swanwick. Subjects include mining, transport and weather.

  • Files of a couple of free newspapers, the Record and the Alfreton and Ripley Echo are kept from 1986 and since a microfilm reader was provided in 1989 the Alfreton edition of the Chad has been purchased on film. An older paper, the Alfreton Journal, covers the period 1870 to 1935.

  • A collection of around 650 photographs old and new of the town and surrounding area.

Go to Alfreton Library