Alford: St Wilfrid

Alford: St Wilfrid
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Church code:
The Alford Group

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I Listed Building
View more information about this Listed Building on the National Heritage List for England web site
Scheduled Monument?
There is no Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is not in a National Park

Conservation Area

The church is in the following Conservation Area: Alford

Heritage At Risk Status

On Heritage At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Heritage at Risk Register

Approximate Date

Approximate Date:

Exterior Image

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Summary Description

St. Wilfrid's Church celebrated its 650 year anniversary in the year 2000. There are some original features amongst which are a 14th Century screen, a fine Jacobean pulpit, traces of 16th Century glass and a 17th Century tomb in the chancel. The church was restored in the 1860s when a second north aisle, vestry and organ chamber were added and the tower was raised and decorated with pinnacles. The tower houses six ringing bells, frequently rung by a dedicated team of bell ringers. There is also an ancient sanctus bell. Over the south porch is the Parvis Room, used as the first grammar school in Elizabethan times. One of its pupils was possibly John Smith. Saved from death by Pocahontas, he became Virginia's first governor. In 2007 the town celebrated his centenary.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
Open to visitors daily Wheelchair access ramp Guide dogs welcome

Church Website

Church Website:

Sources and Further Information

() Exterior view of Alford, St Wilfrid [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior view of Alford, St Wilfrid
Cathedral and Church Buildings Division (2014) Research into the Presence of Bats in Churches [Digital Archive/Data]
CCB project, summer 2014, to ascertain the presence or absence of bats in church building
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
ICBS (1817-1989) Incorporated Church Building Society Archive [Archive/Graphic material]

Ground plan

ICBS File Number - 06768

Coverage - 1867-1869

Created by SCOTT, George Gilbert: b. 1811 - d. 1878 of London

keystone sound Systems (2023) Practical Completion Certificate [Digital Archive/Document]
Practical Completion Certificate
Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 7 Bells [Archive/Index]
7 Bells