Alford, Lincolnshire

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Alford
Alfordwindmill.jpg
Alford Windmill
Alford is located in Lincolnshire
Alford
Alford
 Alford shown within Lincolnshire
Population3,231 (2001)
OS grid referenceTF454758
    - London120 mi (190 km)  SSW
Civil parishAlford
DistrictEast Lindsey
Shire countyLincolnshire
RegionEast Midlands
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townALFORD
Postcode districtLN13
Dialling code01507
PoliceLincolnshire
FireLincolnshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK ParliamentLouth and Horncastle
List of places
UK
England
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Coordinates: 53°16′N 0°11′E / 53.26°N 0.18°E / 53.26; 0.18

Alford
Alfordwindmill.jpg
Alford Windmill
Alford is located in Lincolnshire
Alford
Alford
 Alford shown within Lincolnshire
Population3,231 (2001)
OS grid referenceTF454758
    - London120 mi (190 km)  SSW
Civil parishAlford
DistrictEast Lindsey
Shire countyLincolnshire
RegionEast Midlands
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townALFORD
Postcode districtLN13
Dialling code01507
PoliceLincolnshire
FireLincolnshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK ParliamentLouth and Horncastle
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire

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.[citation needed]

Community facilities[edit]

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.

Alford's public houses are the Half Moon Hotel, The Windmill Hotel, The George,[1] the Anchor, and the White Hart.

There are National Health and private dentists on South Street and Merton Lodge, and a doctors' surgery on West Street.

Alford has two banks, Lloyds TSB and Barclays, and has a branch of the Yorkshire Building Society.

A new crematorium opened on the outskirts of town in 2008.

Markets[edit]

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,[2] 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.[citation needed]

Since Christmas 2005 European markets have been held annually at Easter and on holidays, with traders from the near continent concentrating on selling food.[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

Former railway station

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.[citation needed]

Population[edit]

Population of Alford Civil Parish
Year188118911901191119211931195119612001
Population[3]2,8942,8432,4782,3942,1942,2272,2182.1393,231

Landmarks[edit]

Windmill[edit]

Windmill

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).[citation needed]

It is one of several working windmills in Lincolnshire. Others can be found at Lincoln, Heckington, Boston, Waltham, Kirton in Lindsey, Sibsey and Burgh le Marsh.

Alford Manor House[edit]

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.[citation needed] The manor house has a tea room and open gardens.

Churches[edit]

St Wilfrid's church

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.

Education[edit]

Primary education is provided by Alford Primary School[4]

Alford secondary schools are Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School and John Spendluffe Technology College[5] The Grammar school was judged as "Outstanding" in the Ofsted inspection of 2007;[citation needed] The Technology College received an "Outstanding" report from Ofsted in 2010.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ George.
  2. ^ Photograph of the Market Place
  3. ^ "Vision of Britain". Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Alford Primary School
  5. ^ John Spendluffe Technology College
  6. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 

External links[edit]

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