Famous People

Sir Robert Christopher - together with his wife Dame Elizabeth, responsible for the Manor House.

Captain John Smith - explorer, first governor of Virginia USA (immortalised by film Pocahontas) - born in Willoughby near Alford and educated at Alford Grammar.

Sir Gilbert Scott - designed improvements to St Wilfrids and also designed St Pancras Station and Albert Memorial.

Thomas Paine - Author Rights of Man & Age of Reason, excise officer 1764 from Windmill Hotel emigrated to America 1774.

Anne Hutchinson - Alford born in 1851, emigrated to America 1638 and became first woman preacher there.