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.
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
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
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Facilities and services
- Meeting room available
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.
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
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