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St. Alkmund's is supposed to have been originally founded early in the ninth century when St Alkmund's remains were bought here. Saint Alkmund was Born in 774 in northern England as a British prince; son of the Northumbrian king Alcred and became King of Northumbria after the murders of his father and brother Osred. Known for his charity to the poor and orphaned. Murdered by agents of the usurping king Eardwulf of Northumbria. There are only six churches in England dedicated to him and there was a church at this location from before the Norman Conquest of 1066. Joseph Wright of Derby (painter) was buried at the old church. The Church was rebuilt in 1844 by H I Stevens at a cost of £7,700 and was demolished in 1967 in order to build the ring road now called St Alkmund's Way.