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The parish church of St. Martin's was founded in 1180 and is reputed to be the oldest building in Alfreton. The lower arch was built in the 12th century and the rest of the church was extended in 14th Century, and renovated in 1868 and 1898.
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.