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Alves


Moray

A small agricultural village of Moray, Alves lies just to the north of the A96 road between Forres and Elgin. The village today comprises Alves itself and Crook of Alves. In the locality are North Alves, Wester Alves, Alves Wood to the southwest and New Alves to the southeast. The old village lay to the north at Kirkton where the Old Kirk (1769) surrounded by its churchyard lies abandoned. The Parish Church to the southwest was built in 1878 as a Free Church and in the village there is a Gothic school dating from 1895. The Aberdeen-Inverness railway runs a half-mile (1 km) to the south, but Alves station has closed. A branch from Alves Junction to Burghead survives as a freight line. To the east, on top of the Knock of Alves, the octagonal Duke of York Tower (1827) stands within the remains of a prehistoric fort.


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