Alford is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Lincolnshire. Rigsby with Ailby is a chapelry of Alford.

Other places in the parish include: Tothby.

Alternative names: Alford with Rigsby and Ailby

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1561

Nonconformists include: General Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Saleby with Thoresthorpe
  • Bilsby
  • Belleau with Claythorpe, Aby and Greenfield
  • Well
  • Rigsby with Ailby

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALFORD, a small town, a parish, and a subdistrict in the district of Spilsby, Lincoln. The town stands on a rivulet, adjacent to the East Lincoln railway, 10½ miles SSE of Louth, and 23¼ NNE of Boston; took its name from an old ford on the rivulet; gives the title of Viscount to Earl Brownlow; comprises three main streets and a market-place; is a seat of petty sessions, and a polling place; carries on brewing, tanning, dyeing, rope-making, and other employments; and has a r. station with telegraph, a head post-office, two banking offices, three chief inns, a police station, a handsome recent corn exchange, a neat mechanics’ institute of 1854, with lecture-hall and library, an early English church, five dissenting chapels, a grammar school with £354 a year from endowment, and with a fellowship and three scholarships at Cambridge, an endowed school for girls, a mixed national school, six alms-houses, some other charities, a weekly market on Tuesday, and stock fairs on Whit-Tuesday and 8 Nov. The parish comprises 1,410 acres. Real property, £7,893. Pop., 2,658. Houses, 592. The property is subdivided. There are a mineral spring and barrows. The living is a vicarage, united to the curacy of Rigsby, in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £163. Patron, the Bishop of Lincoln.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

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Births and baptisms, 1814-1837 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Church. Alford Circuit (Lancashire)

Births and baptisms, 1814-1837 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Church. Alford Circuit (Lancashire)

Births and baptisms, 1826-1836 Author: West End Chapel (Alford, Lincolnshire : Independent)

Births and baptisms, 1826-1836 Author: West End Chapel (Alford, Lincolnshire : Independent)

Bishop’s transcripts for Alford, 1561-1891 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Alford (Lincolnshire)

Church registers, 1849-1895 Author: Primitive Methodist Church. Alford Circuit (Lincolnshire)

Marriages at Alford, 1538-1837 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Alford (Lincolnshire)

Parish register extracts for the parish church of Alford (Lincoln), 1538-1822 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Alford (Lincolnshire)

Parish registers for Alford, 1561-1998 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Alford (Lincolnshire)

The Parish registers of Alford & Rigsby in the county of Lincoln collated with and supplemented by the Bishops’ transcripts, a.d. 1538-1680 Author: Dudding, Reginald Charles; Church of England. Parish Church of Alford (Lincolnshire); Church of England. Parish Church of Rigsby-with-Ailby (Lincolnshire)

Transcript of registers, 1806-1889 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Church. Alford Circuit (Lancashire)

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Alford Lincolnshire Universal British Directory 1791

Alford is situated about 6 miles from the sea; 25 miles N. E. from Boston; and 142 from London. It has a market on Tuesday; and two fairs in the year, viz. Whitsun-Tuesday; and the 8th day of November. Post days, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Here are two inns. A waggon from Louth and London on Tuesday and Thursday.

The principal seats near Alford are, Well, 1 mile, the seat of Samuel Dashwood, Esq. Throesby, 4 miles N. the seat of Willoughby Wood, Esq. Claxby Grove, 4 miles S. the residence of – More, Esq. Willoughby, 2 miles, seat of the Rev. G. Bouyer. The following are its inhabitants:

Gentlemen, &c.

Andrews Henry, Esq. (F.)

Andrews John, Esq. (F.)

Fields Richard, Esq.

Key John, Esq.

Key Mrs. Widow, (F.)

Wayett Edmund, Esq.

Wayett Thomas, Esq. (F.)


Colston Rev. Henry

Ellis Rev. William, A. M. Master of the Grammar School

Eskrige Rev. — , Vicar of Markby

Pennington Rev. Thomas

Wavett, Rev. Thomas Herson, Vicar of Maltby

Wilson Rev.

Willoughby Rev. William, Vicar of Alford


Bennet Samuel, Surgeon & Apothecary

Goe -, Surgeon and Apothecary

Hewer John, Apothecary

Mulie , Surgeon and Apothecary


Carnley William, Attorney.

Traders, &c.

Aicock Thomas, Schoolmaster

Artindale Thomas, Butcher

Atkin William, Seedsman & Gardener

Barsley Robert, Carrier

Brayam Richard, Blacksmith

Buckton George, Sadler

Brown Humphry, (F.) Baker

Brown Widow, Victualler, Three Tuns

Bradley T. Steward to Col. Manners

Bontoft John, Victualler, Bull’s Head

Caborn John, Peruke-maker

Cary Richard, Farmer

Cash Thomas, Shoe-maker

Caldicott Richard, Butcher

Cutchbert George, Grocer

Colvil John, Clock-maker

Craft Elizabeth, fellmonger

Coates Thomas, Schoolmaster

Donaldson Robert, Taylor

Dales Simeon, Mason

Emerson John, Draper

Fell William, Carpenter and Auctioneer

Flint Richard, Victualler, & Peruke-maker

Foster William, Bricklayer and Mason

Gilby John, (F.) Maltster

Griffith -, Victualler, the Wind Mill

Goodwin Charles, (F.) Malster and Coal Merchant

Goose John, (F.) Cooper

Hadwick William, Baker

Hanford J. Victualler George & Dragon

Haram Walter, Shoe-maker

Harpham M. Collar-maker & Sadler

Heaton Samuel, Stay-maker

Jackson William, (F.) Wheelwright

Jackson John, Wheelwright

Kelk Francis, Butcher

Kingston William, Custom-house Officer

Laughton Holland, Victualler, Red Lion

Lill John, sen. Baker

Lill Edward, Baker

Lucas Rd. (F.) Manufacturer of Wool

Lyne George, Breeches-maker

Mackinder J. Victualler, Stag’s Head

Milner Joseph, Fellmonger

Mountain William, Plumber

Pape John, Taylor

Pearson George, Blacksmith

Pearson Widow, (F.) Shoe-maker

Place Dover Thomas, Butcher

Reynoldson R. Victualler, White Horse

Rockcliff John, Victualler, the Anchor

Row Valentine, Excise Officer

Sanderson Michael, Excise Officer

Springer Peter, Victualler, White Hart

Stainton Thomas, Draper

Slight Thomas, sen. Taylor, Auctioneer, and Merchant

Slight Thomas, jun. Taylor, & Common Brewer

Surfleet William, jun. Weaver

Surfleet Wm. Victualler, Horse Shoes

Taylor Wm. Draper & Hardware-man

Trolley William, Breeches-maker

Wilson William, Shoe-maker

Wright William, Hardware-man

Wilkinson William, Currier

Wilkinson James, Shoe-maker

Whitworth James, Tallow Chandler

Wood Cary, Cabinet-maker

Source: The Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce, and Manufacture 1791. Vol. 2.


Old maps of Britain and Europe from A Vision of Britain Through Time


  • County: Lincolnshire
  • Civil Registration District: Spilsby
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Lincoln
  • Rural Deanery: Calcewaith
  • Poor Law Union: Spilsby
  • Hundred: Calcewaith
  • Province: Canterbury

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