The venue together with the hall and church (formerly chapel to the hall) undoubtedly
has a long and fascinating history. In its present form it dates back to around
c.10th century when it was believed to have been occupied by Aelfflaed, sister in
Law to Edmund 1st (Edmund the Magnificent) of England, following the death of her
husband Bryhtnoth the Ealdorham of Essex at the Battle of Maldon . The village is
named after her Alpheton being a corruption over the centuries of "Aelfflaed's tun,"
tun meaning estate or lands.