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Alford shown within Lincolnshire
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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, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Alford population is about 3,500.
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.
There are National Health and private dentists on South Street and Merton Lodge, and a doctors' surgery on West Street.
A new 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, 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 with, usually, musical entertainment in a marquee. A smaller weekly market is held in the Corn Exchange every Tuesday and Friday.
At the south-west of the town is Beechings Way Industrial Estate, containing enterprises such as printing companies and manufacturing firms, the builders' merchant, Jewson and a Royal Mail sorting office. The UK's largest online fire safety retailer Safelincs Ltd is based in Alford. The estate is so named as it is built on the closed East Lincolnshire Railway line from Grimsby to Boston. The line (and Alford Town railway station) was closed by Dr. Beeching during his rationalisation of British Railways in the 1960s and early 1970s. It closed on 5 October 1970.
The town's main employer, Finnveden Powertrain Ltd., was to be shut down in 2010, but is still operating, although many people were laid off.
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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. After two years' standing idle, it was restored to full working order. 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).
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; the refurbishment led to the installation of new interactive exhibitions and increased accessibility for disabled visitors. The manor house has a tea room and open gardens.
St Wilfrid's, Alford is the parish church of Alford, situated at the junction between Church Street, South Street and West Street. The church holds services and annual events such as a flower show. Alford also has a small Methodist church.
Approximately 4 miles (6 km) from Alford, in the village of Markby, is the church of St Peter's, the only remaining thatched church in Lincolnshire. It is used for religious services, weddings, christenings and funerals.
Primary education is provided by Alford Primary School
Alford secondary schools are Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School and John Spendluffe Technology College The Grammar school was judged as "Outstanding" in the Ofsted inspection of 2007; The Technology College received an "Outstanding" report from Ofsted in 2010.
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|Haugh, Calceby, Lincoln||Bilsby, Huttoft, Anderby|
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- Captain John Smith (1580–1631) lived in Willoughby, 3 miles (4.8 km) to the south
- Anne Hutchinson, born Anne Marbury (1591–1643), Puritan settler and religious reformer in the United States
- Thomas Paine, who was an excise officer in the town.
- Richard Dixon of Alford, one of the original settlers in Jamestown, North America.
- Eardley Norton, clockmaker, was born in Ashby by Partney and apprenticed to Robert Dawson, a clockmaker in Alford on 12 November 1743 for seven years. Clocks Norton made now reside in many of the world's museums. His most famous astronomical clock, made for George III in 1765, is still in the Royal Collection, and a musical clock made for Catherine the Great is in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.
- George Manville Fenn (1831–1909), prolific novelist.
Media related to Alford, Lincolnshire at Wikimedia Commons
- Alford Town Council website
- Five Sailed Windmill, Alford
- Alford Group of Churches website
- Alford Town website
- Alford in the Domesday Book