Alford Manor House

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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 is 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 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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Heritage site

Opening hours

Mid Feb to end March - end Sept to 2nd week Dec

Tues & Fri 10am-4pm

House Open: April to September

Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm

Sunday 12noon to 4.00pm

Hackett Barn Museum Opening Times: April to September

Tuesday and Friday : 11.00am to 4.00pm

Wednesday and Thursday 11.00am to 1.00pm

Sunday opening can be booked in advance

The house is always available for room hire, private functions and funeral teas.

To book, please ring 01507 463073
Out of hours mobile: 07919 322230

Admission charges

Free for ground floor/tea room/gardens
Adults £4.00 Concessions £3.00 Children £2.00 under 3 free
Family ticket 2 adults + 4 £12.00
Hackett Barn Museum £1.00 children free

Serving Service personnel free on production of identity documents

Additional info

This is a Heritage house built in 1611 with a range of exhibitions on all three floors.There is a tea room using home made produce and a walled garden and orchard. The award winning WW1 Centenary exhibition "Alford Remembers 1914-1918"will continue until December 2018. The Hackett Barn Museum is packed with fascinating artefacts from local agriculture and industry.

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.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

"Alford Remembers 1914-1918"

  • 31 March 2015 — 14 December 2018 *on now

Reflecting on Alford and the changes brought about by WW1

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Free for ground floor exhibitions and garden - see brochure or website for various charges applicable for other areas of the displays

Alford Manor House
West Street
LN13 9HT




01507 463073 Mob 07919 322230

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