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Alford, Lincolnshire


Alford Windmill
Alford is located in Lincolnshire
 Alford shown within Lincolnshire
Population 3,459 (2011)
OS grid reference
   – 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
List of places

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, measured at 3,459 at the 2011 Census.[1]


  • Governance 1
  • Facilities 2
    • Markets 2.1
  • Economy 3
  • Population 4
  • Landmarks 5
    • Windmill 5.1
    • Alford Manor House 5.2
    • Churches 5.3
  • Education 6
  • Notable people 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches east to the coast with a total population taken at the 2011 census of 4,531.[2]


Alford's retail outlets are mainly convenience stores to cater for local people. Shops include a pharmacy, a grocery, and

  • Alford Town Council website
  • Five Sailed Windmill, Alford
  • Alford Group of Churches website
  • Alford Town website
  • Alford in the Domesday Book

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

External links

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  3. ^ George.
  4. ^ Photograph of the Market Place
  5. ^ "Vision of Britain". Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "St Wilfrid's Church, Alford" (includes photos), Alford Group of Parishes, 2010-2014, accessed 7 August 2014
  7. ^ Alford Primary School
  8. ^ John Spendluffe Technology College
  9. ^ Barbour, Philip L: The Three Worlds of Captain John Smith, pp. 5-7. Houghton Mifflin Company Boston, 1964.
  10. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 
  11. ^ ODNB. Retrieved 15 May 2014, pay-walled.


See also

Notable people

Alford secondary schools are Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School and John Spendluffe Technology College.[8] The Grammar school was judged as "Outstanding" in the Ofsted inspection of 2007; the Technology College received an "Outstanding" report from Ofsted in 2010.

Primary education is provided by Alford Primary School.[7]


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

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.

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.[6]

St Wilfrid's church


The town's Manor House is reputedly 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. The manor house has a tea room and open gardens.

Alford Manor House

Alford Manor House

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.

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).

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.




Population of Alford Civil Parish
Year 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001 2011
Population[5] 2,894 2,843 2,478 2,394 2,194 2,227 2,218 2.139 3,231 3,459


The town's former largest employer, previously known as C.S. Martin and later Finnveden Powertrain Ltd. closed its doors in 2010. Following the redundancies, the factory now operates under the name Gnutti Carlo UK Ltd. though sadly, not with any recompense in terms of prospects for those that were made redundant.

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 as part of the then Conservative government's nationwide plan to make cut-backs to the then publicly owned British Railways during the 1960s and early 1970s. The naming of the industrial estate was named "Beeching's Way" to serve as a lasting reminder of Dr. Beeching's decision.

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.

Former railway station


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

Alford's Craft Market has taken place every August bank holiday since the 1970s. The 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.

Market day in Alford is Tuesday. The market varies in size depending on the time of the year but is generally small. The main market takes place in the Market Place,[4] with stalls of groceries and small items such as greeting cards.


A crematorium opened on the outskirts in 2008.

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

. Yorkshire Building Society, and of the Barclays and Lloyds TSB. Alford has branches of two banks, White Hart and Anchor [3]

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