Aldford is a vibrant and well-resourced place to live and work. As well as being a picturesque village, it has a strong community spirit with lots of activity through the village hall, pub and church.
Aldford was designed and built in the middle of the 19th century and is now home to both families and thriving rural businesses.
Nestled between the River Dee and Aldford Brook, the well-preserved village is a popular place to live because of its prettiness, rural setting and its old and historic buildings.
But Aldford is also a hub for rural businesses too. In between the village’s houses and cottages are successful businesses which trade from converted Victorian buildings. These commercial tenants include veterinary practice Deva Vets; employment law, HR and Health & Safety specialist Ellis Whittam; Aldford Junior School; and bespoke furniture design business Cheshire Furniture Company.
Aldford has a population of approximately 240 and comprises 70 properties.
Amenities and features
Aldford is a well resourced village with a popular pub, a well-used village hall, shop, thriving church and attractive village green with community cruck barn and bowling club
The distinctive St John’s Church was built in sandstone on the site of a much earlier church building. Today the church has a small but loyal congregation which meets to worship every Sunday morning.
Award-winning gastro pub The Grosvenor Arms dates back to 1867 when it was known as the Talbot Inn. The village hall hosts a wide range of activities for the local community including a social club for older residents, bingo, parent and toddler group and badminton club.
In spring 2013 a traditional oak cruck barn was built on the popular village green using heritage building skills and oak grown on the Eaton Estate. The thatched open-sided barn, which includes a brick barbecue, can be hired through the village hall committee, as can the hall itself.
A summer fete is held on the village green every year.
For more information about Aldford please visit Aldford and Saighton District Parish Council.
Aldford can trace its history back to medieval times, in fact the village’s name comes from the old ford that crossed the River Dee.
Behind the Grade II listed St John’s Church there are the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle.
Aldford’s characteristic and coherent appearance is because many of its houses were built as a designed village in an almost rectangular layout, in the middle of the 19th century during the time of Sir Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster.
Several buildings in the village were designed by the architect John Douglas. These include St John's Church and The Grosvenor Arms pub.
Many of the cottages dotted around the village have date stones to mark when they were built.