Alford Manor House
Alford Manor House
Alford Manor House was given to the town by Dorothy Higgins, whose Grandfather had once lived there. In 1967 Alford Civic Trust was formed with the aim of preserving the House, and it is now owned by Alford and District Civic Trust Ltd., a Registered Charity No. 252330.
Alford Manor House is a Grade II* listed Building, and we think it could be one of England's largest thatched Manor Houses. Recent research by a York University archaeological team has dated the House to 1611. We now also know that the building was erected from the start as a timber and masonry structure. There is now no question of it having been a mud and stud house. Alford Manor House is the historic focal point of the town, along with St. Wilfrid's Church. It has links, through its American Connections exhibition, with many notable figures of the past: Anne Hutchinson, the famous female preacher and founder of Rhode Island; John Smith, who was a pupil at the local grammar school and the founder of the American colony of Jamestown, and the first governor of Virginia; and with Thomas Paine, the author of the influential "Rights of Man". Both Presidents Roosevelt and Bush were direct descendants of Anne Hutchinson. The Manor House was for many years the possession of the descendants of Sir Robert Christopher, whose effigy can still be seen in the chancel of St. Wilfrid's Church.
Museum, Historic house or home
House Open: April to September
Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday 12noon to 4.00pm
Hackett Barn Opening Times: April to September
Tuesday and Friday : 11.00am to 4.00pm
Wednesday and Thursday 11.00am to 1.00pm
The house is always available for room hire, private functions and funeral teas.
To book, please ring 01 507 463 073
or call Linda on 07 771 160 803
To the rear of the Manor House is the Hackett Barn, which is a museum of memorabilia and bygones: it contains lovingly restored examples of agricultural and other machinery, as well as a fine Victorian hearse, the original Alford town stocks, carts, a horse-drawn fire engine, and many other fascinating exhibits.
Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Social History
Alford Remembers WW1 1914-1918
- 1 May 2014 — 4 May 2019 *on now
A programme of events is underway and will run in conjunctions with static exhibitions in the Manor House and Hackett Barn Museum to show how Alford and the local area changed during the period 1914-1918. There will be annual updates to reflect the changes and all artefacts are from local families within our postcode together with items from the Manor House collection.
- Any age
£2.50 concessions £3.50 adults £1.50 children Members of the Civic Trust, contributors, supporters. serving personnel from the Armed Forces are free
WW1 Memorial Church Service
- 4 August 2014 10-11:45pm
Torchlit processions from 3 points at 10.30pm will congregate at St Wilfrids Church for a specially commissioned service to commemorate the centenary of the start of the war. Flags representing every nation which took part will be carried by young people of our community and during the service the names will be read out of every person from this area who went to war. A solemn finish to the day as it would have been in 1914.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Edwardian Tea Party
- 4 November 2014 5-7pm
Hopefully some people will be in period costume with a few visitors arriving in Model T Ford cars. the homemade cakes and pastries will be typical of that era and waitresses will be in attendance. The town Silver Band will play period music to make it a relaxing
event open to all members of the community and visitors to the area.
- Any age
£7.50 pp Tickets now on sale at the Manor House