Alford Manor House

Alford Manor House
West Street
LN13 9HT




01507 463073

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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 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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

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

Admission charges


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 - WW1 Centenary

  • 17 February — 11 December 2015 *on now

Exhibitions of life in 1914/15 in the Manor House, outbuildings and Hackett Barn Museum with a replica trench in the grounds. All military memorabilia is on loan from local families. there is an Edwardian bedroom and Edwardian dairy with displays of the role of VADs,and local social activities of the period.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£4 adults, £3.50 concessions, child 5-16 £2.00