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Alford Town Information

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Alford (pronounced "Olford" in Lincolnshire) was established as a small hamlet in pre-Norman times at a place where it was easy to ford the local stream.

It was granted a market charter in 1283 and prospered with the arrival of the railway and the Alford to Sutton-on-Sea steam tram in 1884.

It is today perhaps most famous for its five-sailed windmill, Hoyle's Mill, one of only three remaining in Lincolnshire which are still working.

Hoyle's Mill - Photo © Dave Hitchborne
Hoyle's Mill - Photo: Dave Hitchborne CCL

St Wilfrid's Church, Alford, Lincolnshire - Photo © Andrew Telfer
   St Wilfrid's Church, Alford
Photo: Andrew Telfer CCL

At one time the town boasted three windmills but this is the last and dates from 1837.

Today it operates as a tourist attraction but stone-ground wholemeal flour is available for purchase.

The town's oldest building is St. Wilfrid's Church, dating from the 13th century.

The Queen Elizabeth Grammar School originally started in a room above the church porch.