Alford, Lincolnshire

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Alford Windmill
Alford is located in Lincolnshire
 Alford shown within Lincolnshire
Population 3,231 (2001)
OS grid reference TF454758
   – London 120 mi (190 km)  SSW
Civil parish Alford
District East Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ALFORD
Postcode district LN13
Dialling code 01507
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Louth and Horncastle
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Coordinates: 53°16′N 0°11′E / 53.26°N 0.18°E / 53.26; 0.18

Alford (pronounced "Olford") is a town in Lincolnshire, England, It is situated approximately 11 miles (18 km) north-west from the coastal resort of Skegness, and at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Alford population is about 3,500.[citation needed]

Community facilities[edit]

Alford's retail outlets are mainly convenience-related to cater for local people. Shops include pharmacy, grocery, DIY and homeware stores. The town has two supermarkets, one on Church Street, the other on West Street.

Alford's public houses are the Half Moon Hotel, The Windmill Hotel, The George,[1] the Anchor, and the White Hart.

National Health and private dentists are located on South Street and Merton Lodge, and a doctors' surgery is on West Street.

Alford has two banks, Lloyds TSB and Barclays, and has a branch of the Yorkshire Building Society.

A crematorium opened on the outskirts of town in 2008.


Market days in Alford are on Tuesdays. The market, which varies in size dependent on the time of the year and the day, is generally small. The main market takes place in the Market Place,[2] with stalls of groceries and small items such as greeting cards.

Alford's Craft Market has taken place every August bank holiday since the 1970s. A market is held in the grounds of the manor house, and includes stalls selling locally-crafted products. Musical entertainment usually takes place in a marquee. A smaller weekly market is held in the Corn Exchange every Tuesday and Friday.[citation needed]

Since Christmas 2005, European markets have been held annually at Easter and on holidays. Traders from the near continent concentrate mostly on selling food.[citation needed]


Former railway station

At the south-west of the town is Beechings Way Industrial Estate, containing companies for printing and manufacturing, the builders' merchant, Jewson, and a Royal Mail sorting office.

The estate is built on the right-of-way of the closed East Lincolnshire Railway line from Grimsby to Boston. The line (and Alford Town railway station) were closed on 5 October 1970 by Dr. Richard Beeching during the rationalisation of British Railways in the 1960s and early 1970s. The industrial estate was named for him.

The town's main employer, Finnveden Powertrain Ltd., was to shut down in 2010. It is still operating after having laid off many people.[citation needed]


Population of Alford Civil Parish
Year 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001
Population[3] 2,894 2,843 2,478 2,394 2,194 2,227 2,218 2.139 3,231



Main article: Alford Windmill

Alford is known for its Grade I listed five-sailed windmill, a tower mill built in 1837 by Sam Oxley, an Alford millwright. In its heyday it was capable of grinding 4 to 5 tons of corn per day. The mill operated until 1955.[citation needed]

After two years' standing idle, it was restored to full working order in 1957. It is used commercially to produce stone-ground organic flour and cereal. It is the only windmill surviving in Alford. In 1932 there were three, each with a different number of sails (four, five and six).[citation needed]

Alford has one of several working windmills in Lincolnshire. Others can be found at Lincoln, Heckington, Boston, Waltham, Kirton in Lindsey, Sibsey and Burgh le Marsh.

Alford Manor House[edit]

Alford Manor House

The town's Manor House is reputedly[according to whom?] the largest thatched manor house in the country. In 2006 it was refurbished through National Lottery funding in association with English Heritage; interactive exhibits were installed and accessibility increased for disabled visitors.[citation needed] The manor house has a tea room and open gardens.


St Wilfrid's church

The medieval Anglican parish church of Alford is dedicated to St Wilfrid. Built in the 14th century, with restoration and additions from 1860, it is situated at the junction between Church, South and West Streets. It includes St Lawrence Chapel. Original features include a 14th-century screen, a Jacobean pulpit, traces of 16th-century glass, and a 17th-century tomb in the chancel. In the Elizabethan era, it hosted a local primary school.[4]

The church holds a variety of worship services, and annual community events such as a flower show. Alford also has a small Methodist church, an Independent Congregational church, and Alford Christian Fellowship.

Approximately 4 miles (6 km) from Alford, in the village of Markby, is St Peter's Church, the only remaining thatched church in Lincolnshire.[citation needed] It is used for religious services, weddings, christenings and funerals.


Primary education is provided by Alford Primary School.[5]

Alford secondary schools are Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School and John Spendluffe Technology College.[6] The Grammar school was judged as "Outstanding" in the Ofsted inspection of 2007;[citation needed] the Technology College received an "Outstanding" report from Ofsted in 2010.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ George.
  2. ^ Photograph of the Market Place
  3. ^ "Vision of Britain". Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "St Wilfrid's Church, Alford" (includes photos), Alford Group of Parishes, 2010-2014, accessed 7 August 2014
  5. ^ Alford Primary School
  6. ^ John Spendluffe Technology College
  7. ^ Barbour, Philip L: The Three Worlds of Captain John Smith, pp. 5-7. Houghton Mifflin Company Boston, 1964.
  8. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 
  9. ^ ODNB. Retrieved 15 May 2014, pay-walled.

External links[edit]

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