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St John's Church, Aldford.jpg
St John's Church
Aldford is located in Cheshire
Aldford shown within Cheshire
Population 272 (2011)
OS grid reference SJ420592
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Chester
Postcode district CH3 6
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
53°07′34″N 2°51′58″W / 53.126°N 2.866°W / 53.126; -2.866Coordinates: 53°07′34″N 2°51′58″W / 53.126°N 2.866°W / 53.126; -2.866

Aldford is a village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Aldford and Saighton, in the county of Cheshire, England, south of Chester (grid reference SJ420592). In 2001 it had a population of 213,[1] increasing to 272 in the 2011 Census.[2] The civil parish was abolished in 2015 to form Aldford and Saighton.[3]

School Lane

The village lies on the east bank of the River Dee. The Aldford Brook joins the Dee just north of the village.

Most of the building stock was constructed as a designed village in the middle of the 19th century by Sir Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster, in almost rectangular form.[4] A number of buildings in the village were designed by the architect John Douglas. These include the Grade II listed St John's church[5] and the Grosvenor Arms public house.[6] The remains of Aldford Castle consisting of earthworks and a few fragments of stone can be found immediately to the north of the church.[7]

The River Dee outside the village is crossed by the Aldford Iron Bridge, which was built in 1824 by William Hazledine for the 1st Marquis.[8] Iron Bridge Lodge, adjacent to this bridge, was designed by Douglas & Fordham in 1894 and is listed Grade II.[9]

Eaton Hall and the Roman road Watling Street are outside the village.

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  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Chester Retrieved 2009-12-10
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  3. ^ "ALDFORD". GENUKI. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  4. ^ Thornber, Craig (2005). "A Scrapbook of Cheshire Antiquities: Aldford". Archived from the original on 29 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  5. ^ "Images of England: Church of St John the Baptist, Aldford". English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  6. ^ "The Grosvenor Arms: History". Brunning & Price Ltd. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Aldford Castle". Archived from the original on 3 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  8. ^ Images of England: Iron Bridge, English Heritage, retrieved 2009-01-08
  9. ^ Images of England: Iron Bridge Lodge, English Heritage, retrieved 2009-01-08

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