dating the wood timbers, archaeologists from the University of York
have determined that construction began in 1611.
walls, floors, and thatched roof are in need of major renovation.
As a result, the building -- which formerly housed a museum and
Alford's tourist information centre - have been closed to the public
until further notice.
is hoped that the needed restoration can be completed by late 2005.
cost of restoring old buildings like this one can be enormous. It
is anticipated the bill for Alford Manor will run to £1.7
of the money has been raised through grants, but the Alford Civic
Trust still is seeking donations large and small, as it needs an
additional £30,000 to complete the work.