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Alfreton is a small market town about 14 miles north north east of Derby. Legend has it that the town takes its name from Alfred the Great, there is however no proof of this. There is some evidence that there was a settlement here in Saxon times One of its most famous sons was Robert Watchorn, who after emigrating to America eventually became Supervising Inspector General of Immigration to the United States. This highly respected man never forgot his roots and gave the town a substantial amount of money. Several buildings including the Watchorn Memorial Church, a school, a manse, cottages, sports ground, pavillion and the Lincoln Library were built by him. Alfreton Park on the edge of the town was once part of the Palmer-Morewood estate, their home, Alfreton Hall, is now an adult education centre.

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