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Alkborough is a parish of 458 people in 192 households (2011 census) located near the northern end of The Cliff range of hills overlooking Trent Falls, the confluence of the River Trent and the River Ouse. The village was once thought to be the location that the Romans called Aquis. When you visit Alkborough, Walkfo brings Alkborough places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Alkborough Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Alkborough

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Alkborough history


The earliest evidence of settlement in the area has been found near Kell Well (a spring on the ridge to the south of Alkborough and the west of Walcot) in the form of a stone axe head, flint arrowheads and other finds thought to date from the Neolithic period.

Bronze Age

Artifacts including a beaker, dating from the early Bronze Age (2350 BC–1501 BC), were unearthed in 1920, in the grounds of Walcot Hall.

Iron Age

During the late Iron Age, Alkborough lay within the territory of the Corieltauvi tribe. During the Late Iron Age it was part of the Corieltavii tribe.


Pottery sherds dating from the 1st to the 4th century AD have been found in the fields south of Countess Close. These finds, along with a pot containing a small hoard of Roman coins, indicate the possibility of a Romano-British Settlement here.


The former Alkborough Benedictine Priory Cell was founded before 1052. It was a cell of three monks, a secular chaplain, and a prior. The cell was dependent on Spalding Priory from 1052 to 1074. It ceased to exist as a monastic house in 1220.


Alkborough Wartime photo

Alkborough Flats was home to a bombing range during the Second World War. The bombing range took the form of a chalk marker and two observation posts. Bombers would take off from RAF Elsham, and drop smoke bombs on the target. During one bombing run, a horse was killed, and another bomb narrowly missed a group of children sledging.

Alkborough landmarks

Julian’s Bower

Julian’s Bower is a unicursal turf maze, 43 feet (13 m) across, of indeterminate age. According to Arthur Mee’s book Lincolnshire the maze was cut by monks in the 12th century. Others think that while the feature is of Roman origin, it was later used by the Medieval Church for some sort of penitential purpose.

Countess Close

Alkborough Countess Close photo

Countess Close (National Monument No. 32622; North Lincolnshire Sites and Monuments Record (NLSMR) No. 44) is a rectangular earthwork lying a few yards to the south of Julian’s Bower. It measures approx. 80 m × 90 m internally. It was recorded by the 18th century antiquary, William Stukeley on a visit to the area.

St John the Baptist Church

Alkborough St John the Baptist Church photo

Early records show a church here in 1052, and the tower is of typical Saxon design. The oak reredos behind the altar was made by the famous Robert (Mouseman) Thompson (also known as Mousey Thompson) of Kilburn.

Alkborough tower mill

Alkborough Alkborough tower mill photo

The tower mill at Alkborough was built circa 1860 of red brick and tar, originally for the milling of cereals. It replaced a post mill which was recorded as still standing in 1853. It remained in wind operation until 1916 (but continued with engine operation for a short while thereafter). The mill retains two millstones in situ on the first floor.

Walcot Hall

Alkborough Walcot Hall photo

Walcot Hall is a Grade II listed Georgian country house which stands in 22 acres of parkland in the hamlet of Walcot some 1 mile (2 km) south of the village of Alkborough. It was built in the mid to late 18th century for Thomas Goulton, modified in the early 1800s and partly demolished in 1964.

Kell Well

Alkborough Kell Well photo

Kell Well is a spring that discharges from a point just below the top of The Cliff escarpment, west of Walcot. It was first recorded by Abraham de la Pryme following his visit in 1697. The waters of the spring were once believed to have had petrifying properties.

Low Wells

Alkborough Low Wells photo

Low Wells is a spring that discharges from a point just the south side of Prospect Lane, north of (and several yards below) St John the Baptist Church. The well takes the form of three low brick arches behind a long rectangular trough, into which the water flows.

Apex Light

Alkborough Apex Light photo

By a quirk of the Alkborough & Walcot parish boundary, the Trent Falls light known as Apex Light lies within the parish. This is despite its being ‘attached’ to the opposite bank of the River Trent. It is located at 53°42′01″N 0°41′29″W / 53.700376°N 0.691336°W (Apex Light)

Alkborough geography / climate

Alkborough Geography photo

Alkborough is situated on an escarpment formed of Triassic Mudstone, known as The Cliff, which runs roughly north–south. The steep mudstone escarpement is to the west, with a shallow slope to the east formed from shale of the Lower Lias in the Jurassic system.

Alkborough Flats

Alkborough Flats is an area of low-lying arable farmland of nearly 990 acres (4 km) situated at the “Confluence of the Rivers” (Trent Falls) where the Rivers Trent and Ouse join to form the Humber Estuary. Flood defences, built in the 1950s to protect the area, have been breached to allow water to reclaim the land at high tide and in times of flooding. New grassland will be managed to encourage biodiversity, with reedbeds, lagoons and grazing areas.


Walcot is an outlying hamlet situated to the south of Alkborough, and within the same parish. The hamlet is located in the same area as the village of Alkborough. Walcot was originally called Walcot.

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Alkborough has 0 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Alkborough plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Alkborough using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Alkborough plaque. Currently No Physical Plaques.