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Alford
 
Alford, Church Street
Alford, Church Street
Alford, Church Street

Alford is a market town lying at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

It has a working five-sailed windmill and a thatched manor house open to the public.

This photograph is taken from St Wilfrid's churchyard looking ahead to West Street.

Undated postcard

Alford, Church Street
Alford, Manor House
Alford, Manor House
Alford, Manor House

Alford Manor House was built in 1611 in a traditional H-plan with thatched roof and timber frame.

Unusually, the walls were encased with brick to form an integral part of the structure, making it a rare example of its kind and it is possibly the largest thatched manor house in England.

This substantial property became the home of Sir Robert Christopher who was knighted in 1660 for his support of the King in the English Civil War.

Today, the house is fully restored and open to the public.

Chris Lester, 2010

Alford, Manor House, thatch,
Alford, Manor House
Alford, Manor House
Alford, Manor House

Timber framework survives from the original building of c.1540.

Sir Robert Christopher, who bought nearby Tothby and Rigsby manors, rebuilt Alford Manor House in 1661. The brick front was added in c.1700.

Through marriage the house passed successively to the Sherrard and Manners families until c.1900 when it became part of Walter Rawnsley’s Well estate.

The last occupant was Miss D Higgins, who donated the building to Alford Civic Trust in 1967.

Photo by H D Martineau c.1980

Alford, Manor House, Sherrard, Manners, Higgins, Walter Rawnsley
Alford, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
Alford, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
Alford, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

The original school building on West Street,

 Undated postcard

Alford, Grammar School
Alford, St Wilfrid
Alford, St Wilfrid
Alford, St Wilfrid

View of St Wilfrid's church from the south.

undated postcard

Alford, St Wilfrid church
Alford, St Wilfrid
Alford, St Wilfrid
Alford, St Wilfrid

This view of St Wilfrid's from the north-east shows the Decorated chancel with its 5-light east window.

The outer north aisle (to the right) was added by Sir G G Scott in 1865-81.

A post card published by Parker of Alford (undated).

Alford, St Wilfrid, Parker stationer
Alford, St Wilfrid
Alford, St Wilfrid
Alford, St Wilfrid

St. Wilfrid's church in Alford has many features from the Decorated period along with a Perpendicular screen, Jacobean pulpit and a fine alabaster tomb.

St Wilfrid's was heavily restored in the Victorian period.

Mark Acton, 2008

Alford, St Wilfrid, church, Jacobean,
Alford, St Wilfrid
Alford, St Wilfrid
Alford, St Wilfrid

The four-stage west tower was built in 1529-30 in Perpendicular style. Like most of the building it is constructed in greenstone with limestone dressings.

December 2014

Alford, St Wilfrid
Alford, St Wilfrid, Christopher Memorial
Alford, St Wilfrid, Christopher Memorial
Alford, St Wilfrid, Christopher Memorial

This monument in the chancel is to Sir Robert Christopher (died 1668) and his wife.

December 2014

Alford, St Wilfrid church, Sir Robert Christopher memorial
Alford, St Wilfrid, pulpit
Alford, St Wilfrid, pulpit
Alford, St Wilfrid, pulpit

The Jacobean pulpit in St Wilfrid's is of uncommon pattern.  There are low blank arches and odd, barbaric figures.

December 2014

Alford, St Wilfrid church, pulpit
Alford, Windmill
Alford, Windmill
Alford, Windmill

This elegant five-sailed windmill (TF 457766), Hoyle's Mill, was built by Sam Oxley, an Alford millwright, in 1837 with later gearing and ironwork supplied by Tuxford of Boston.

With supplementary diesel engine power it worked until 1955.

The mill, fully restored in 2000, is now owned by Lincolnshire County Council and is once more operated commercially.

It is open to the public.

Frank Robinson, 2010

Alford, windmill, Hoyle, Tuxford,