- Alford, Lincolnshire
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static_image_caption=Alford Windmill, 2005
region= East Midlands
Alford (pronounced "Olford") is a
townin Lincolnshire, England, with a population of about 2,700 people. Alford lies at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds, convert|13|mi|km north west of Skegness.
Alford's main retail industry is aimed at local people with the bulk of shops being convenience related such as pharmacies, groceries, DIY and homeware. Alford has two supermarkets, the Co-operative on "Church Street" and David's Supermarket on "West Street". There is the [http://www.halfmoonhotelalford.co.uk Half Moon Hotel] , the [http://www.whitehorsealford.co.uk White Horse Hotel] and the [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/386798 George] .
The town is also well known for its craft markets which have taken place every August
bank holidaysince the 1970s. The market takes place in the grounds of the manor houseand includes a range of stalls selling locally crafted products and usually has some form of musical entertainment taking place in the marquee. Other than the August bank holidaymarkets held in the manor house, a more frequent market takes place in the corn exchangeevery Tuesday and Friday. This is a much smaller, more low key version of the market but still follows the same theme.
Weekly & European markets
Market days in Alford are on Tuesdays and Fridays. The market, which varies in size and is dependent on the time of the year and the day, is however, generally very small. The main market takes place in the [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/99356 Market Place] with usual stalls consisting of groceries and greeting cards etc. Occasionally, mostly on the Friday market, some additional clothes stalls may appear around the surrounding area of the
library. European markets began in Alford at Christmas 2005 and have appeared since at Easterand in the holidays with the most recent one taking place on the 25 August 2007. European markets invite traders from the near continent who sell predominantly food items.
Alford has two banks;
Lloyds TSBand [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/386866 Barclays] as well as a branch of the Yorkshire Building Society.
* [http://www.alford.lincs.sch.uk Alford Primary School] on "Hanby Lane".
* Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
* [http://www.john-spendluffe.lincs.sch.uk John Spendluffe Foundation Technology College] ,
secondary modern schoolon "Hanby Lane".The secondary modern underperforms compared to other similar schools, and in 2007 the grammar schooldid less well than normally, although it has had excellent results in previous years.
There is an NHS and private
dentistlocated on South Street and Merton Lodge. The doctors' surgery is on "West Street".
Located south west of the town is Beechings Way Industrial Estate. The estate is mainly commercial and contains such industries as printing companies and manufacturing firms. There is also a builders' merchants;
Jewsonand the Royal Mailsorting office. The UK's largest online fire safety retailer Safelincs Ltd is also based in Alford.
crematoriumopened on the outskirts of town in 2008.
Places of interest
Alford is known for its five-sailed windmill, a 5 sailed 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 a day. The mill worked until 1955. After two years standing idle it was restored to full working order and is still in full commercial use, producing organic flourand cereal. It is the only windmillleft in Alford; in 1932 there were three, each one with different numbers of sails (four, five and six). It is also one of several working windmills in Lincolnshire. Others in working order can be found at Lincoln, Heckington, Boston, Waltham, Kirton in Lindsey, Sibseyand Burgh le Marsh.
Alford Manor House
The town is also known for its Manor House, reputedly the largest thatched [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/386834 manor house] in the country. The manor house is open from Tuesday to Friday and on a Sunday. In 2006 it was refurbished, thanks to
national lotteryfunding in association with English Heritage, the refurbishment led to the installation of new interactive exhibitions and increased accessibility for disabled visitors. The manor house also has a tea room and open gardens.
The main church in Alford is [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/386778 St. Wilfrid's] located at the junction between "Church Street", "South Street" and " [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/386946 West Street] ". The church operates frequent services and holds annual events such as the flower show. Alford also has a small
Approximately four miles from Alford, in the tiny village of Markby, is the church of
St. Peter's, the only remaining thatched church in Lincolnshire. Popular with tourists, it is still used for weddings, christenings and funerals, as well as normal services.
* Captain John Smith who lived in nearby Willoughby
Anne Hutchinsoncite book | title = Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896 | publisher = Marquis Who's Who | location=Chicago | date = 1963]
Thomas Paine, who was an exciseofficer in the town.
* Richard Dixon of Alford was one of the original Jamestown settlers in America.
Beechings Way Industrial Estate is so named as it is built on the closed east Lincolnshire railway line from
Grimsbyto Boston. The line (and Alford railway station} was axed by Dr. Beechingduring his rationalisation of British Railwaysin the 1960s and early 1970s. It closed on 5 October 1970.
Alford and Sutton Tramway
* [http://www.alfordtown.co.uk Alford Town Council website]
* [http://www.whatsoninalford.com What's on in and around Alford]
* [http://www.alfordgroupofchurches.org.uk Alford Group of Churches Website]
* [http://www.alford.info Alford Town Website]
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