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On the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds and within easy distance of the coastal resorts of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea, Alford offers a unique glimpse into a traditional market town.  With its regular outdoor markets on Tuesdays and Fridays, the Market Town is complimented in the summer months with the Craft Market.

A Brief History

Named after the “alder trees growing by the ford” and granted a market charter by King Edward I in 1283, Alford became the market town serving the rural community with markets on Tuesdays and Fridays, cattle markets (now finished) and latterly craft markets. The ford in question is now a bridge, and the Wold Grift “stream” flows into Alford alongside the Manor House and runs underground to emerge near South Market Place car park.  Linking into it is the Old Mill Rundle Drain which runs alongside the Memorial Park.

The buildings in town represent most of the architectural periods since the 14th century and the centre of town is a Conservation Area. The Market Place was given a complete makeover, and a marble fountain, commemorating Queen Victoria and fed by a natural spring exists in North Market Place.