Our history

Family run furniture retailer Askews have been serving the local community of Alford and surrounding Lincolnshire area for over 25 years. The business resides within an impressive converted chapel – once having a congregation of nearly 1000 worshipers, now a unique shopping experience with individual rooms sets beautifully laid out to help you visualise their products in your own home.

Askews Furniture was first set up back in 1992 by John & Elsie Askew who took on the old chapel with the hope to sell quality furniture at reasonable prices. It was soon apparent that there was a call for a local supplier and the business steadily picked up until they decided to retire in 2015. At that point their daughter and son in law – Helen and Mark Lawrence took the helm with the intention to expand and modernise the business and products, carrying forward their good service into the future.


History of our building

This former Wesleyan Chapel was built in 1866 by Woods Builders, a local firm still in operation today. In it’s heyday it was one of the largest of it’s kind in the area, with a seating capacity of 900+ and a huge church organ – the pipes of which standing an impressive 40 feet in the air. Sadly over the years the number of it’s patrons dwindled and the church held its last major event on 13th June 1985; A concert by the Salvation Army Band Choir.

Shortly after the Church was sold it was converted (the organ dismantled) into a mini shopping arcade with over a dozen different retailers within, including café on the top floor beneath the beautiful stain glass window (which was dedicated as a war memorial to those that gave their lives in the world wars, before the church left).

In the early 1990’s the building was bought by John & Elsie Askew to further expand their local furniture business, and within a few short years they had transformed this historic building once again – into a welcoming shopping environment selling new furniture with a commitment to quality and customer service. Over the following years they worked hard at building a great reputation for friendly reliable service and in 2015 – retired on a high, handing over to their daughter & son in law, Helen and Mark Lawrence.

“Since we took over a couple years ago, we have worked really hard to raise the bar further. We have converted all the rooms into modern individual room sets and brought in some new big name brands. We have also expanded the gift ware and now stock accessories like Candles, Curtains, Throws, Bedding etc. Our focus has primarily been on maintaining the Askews service and expanding our ranges.” Mark Lawrence.


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  • Thoroughly impressed with the 1st Class customer service from Askew's of Alford. Product advice was fantastic and all staff extremely helpful and polite.

    Leanne Cooper, September 2017
  • Thank you so much for your excellent customer service with our new Sherborne suite. Also for delivering our old suite to the Greyhound charity shop.

    Jan Lilley, August 2017
  • Good choice at a good price friendly staff.

    James Cox, October 2017
  • ...this rating should be ten stars for helpfulness quality and patience very rare thing nowadays.

    Ellen Northgraves, September 2017
  • Great customer service, always a nice friendly smile when you go in. I love that there's a good selection of items to choose from.

    Allison Moore, August 2017
  • Love our new mattress! Gorgeous and very comfy. Fast delivery and the chap at the desk was most polite and wonderful.

    Nel Bonnett, September 2017
  • We bought a butchers block and a lovely wall unit and we were very impressed with service and delivery and the price was just right

    Donna Dudley, August 2017
  • Been in today! So much on offer, massive variety and great, experienced and friendly staff.

    Emma Coffey, December 2016
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