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Acqua Doria Training

Home Care Services in Alton

01420 85202
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Active Inspirations

Yoga & Pilates in Alton

07983 240605
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Alton Beer Festival

Beer Festival in Alton

07789 430892
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Alton College

Sixth form college in Alton

01420 592200
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Alton Convent School

School in Alton

01420 82070
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Alton Cricket Club

Sports Club in Alton

07717 454 869
Website

Alton Golf Club

Golf Club in Alton

01420 82724
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Alton Gymnastics Club

Sports Club in Alton

01420 540040
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Alton Hockey Club

Sports Club in Alton

Website

Alton & District Swimming Club

Sports Club in Alton

07894 683757
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Alton Social Bowling Club

Sports Club in Alton

01420 88383
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Alton Trampoline Club

Sports Club in Alton

Website

Alton Town Council

Local Authority

01420 83986
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Alton Football Club

Sports Club in Alton

Website

Alton Trampoline Club

Sports Club in Alton

Website

Bellemoor Removals & Storage

Removals & Storage Services in Alton

01420 540213
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Carl Saunders Web Design

Website Design and SEO in Alton

01420 544264
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Charwell House

Office Space in Alton

01420 543141
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Dataprint

Printers in Alton

01420 544000
Website

Energique

Health Club & Spa in Alton

01420 543909
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Excel FSE

Electrical Services in Alton

01420 549955
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Focus Your Performance

Performance Coaching & NLP in Alton

01420 544264
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Frango Grill

Restaurant in Alton

01420 768100
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Gorazy

IT Support in Alton

01252 721155
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Homes Estate Agents

Estate Agents in Alton

01420 593900
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Ideal for Bathrooms

Electrical and Bathroom Retailer in Alton

01420 88500
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Jane Austen's House Museum

Attraction in Alton

01420 83262
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Jason Richards School of Motoring

Driving Lessons / Driving Instructor in Alton

07807 836031
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Kemp & Stevens

Funeral Directors in Alton

01420 83177
Website

LFM Chartered Certified Accountants

Accountants in Alton

01420 590660
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Medstead Osteopathic Practice

Osteopath in Alton

01420 565644
Website

Melody Care

Domiciliary care in Alton

01420 613121
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Mint Condition

Personal Training Health Club in Alton

01420 590590
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Osgoods

Car servicing, repairs and MOTs in Alton

01420 549979
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PR Aerials

Digital TV and Satellite Specialist

01420 80650
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Kubo Kitchens

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms

01420 544995
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Subsonic Aerial Photography

Aerial Photography & Drone Filming

01420 544476
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Triple fff Brewery

Brewery & Shop in Alton

01420 561422
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Upper Neatham Mill Farm

Bed & Breakfast in Alton

01420 542908
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Warren Powell-Richards

Estate Agents in Alton

01420 87379
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Wellness Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy in Alton

01420 860 22
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Inspiration & choice in Alton Hampshire

Featured above are the businesses, organisations, clubs and attractions in and around Alton that support this project.

Inspire yourself, remind yourself what's available in Alton and maybe find something new.

Give the supporters a shuffle with the icon but most importantly give them a click, a call, or visit their website. Don't forget to check out the Offers page while you're here too.

If you would like to be featured on the 'logo wall' above, please get in touch.

You can read where it all began for Alton in the 'History of Alton' piece below, kindly provided by Jane Hurst.

Current voices from Alton are also featured on rotation below, with the opportunity for you to contribute.

Please support this project and Alton, Hampshire!




A History of Alton

By Jane Hurst

If you come to the Curtis Museum on Crown Hill, you can take a walk through the history of Alton - starting with the local geology. Local flint was made into tools by early man who roamed the area while the Bronze and Iron Age people settled here leaving behind pottery and metal work. The Romans established a posting station in nearby Holybourne and other evidence of them has been found in Alton with a villa near Alton’s Public Gardens.

Early Anglo-Saxons buried their dead above the town over a long period and part of their cemetery has been excavated. Grave goods included swords, shields, beads and the magnificent Alton Buckle - which can be seen in the Museum.

With the coming of the Normans in 1066, Alton grew as an important market and administrative centre for the surrounding area. The town had a thriving cloth industry in the medieval period with several clothiers and a fulling mill and, being on a main route between Southampton and London, it had four inns - the White Hart, George, Swan and the Pelican (which changed its name to the Crown at the Dissolution).

The mid-1600s was the time of the English Civil War and, being between Royalist Winchester and Parliamentary Farnham, Alton was the site of two battles in 1643. The second, on 13th December, was the more serious and ended with the Royalists seeking refuge in Alton’s Church of St Lawrence.

The 1700s were a time of regeneration for the town with a paper mill and breweries being established. Local hop growing expanded and travel improved with the formation of Turnpike Trusts. Upstairs, the Museum has displays of items that would have been familiar to Jane Austen when she lived in nearby Chawton in the early 1800s.

The railway from London came to Alton in 1852 and was later extended to Winchester, Basingstoke and Fareham. At the same time, Alton grew along the valley and a second parish church, All Saints’, was built at the western end of the town.

1880 saw the opening of the Alton’s Assembly Rooms, Cottage Hospital and Mechanics’ Institute on Crown Close with the Curtis Museum now filling the latter.

Alton continues to change and grow but its history can still be found if one knows where to look. If you have any queries do contact janehurst1@gmail.com.

Voices from Alton, Hampshire

Anything that promotes Alton is good. It's a great place to live, but needs people to promote it, believe and invest in it.
Melisa S

Lived in Alton 40 years. Friendly and safe place to live. Seen my family born and grow with no desire to leave the town. Seen many changes, mostly for the better.
AS

I used to live in Alton about ten years ago. There were definitely more pubs then! I saw a Wetherspoons in Alton when I passed recently which looked busy.
AE

I stayed at the swan in Alton which was ok. Staff were very friendly.
Paul D

The RAT train on the Watercress Line in Alton is very good. I also hear that the dining on the Watercress Line is good.
JD

I have a friend who enjoys playing at Alton Tennis Club.
SK, 66

The houses in Alton are going up fast. We need more leisure facilities!
RP, 35

I'd like to see more independent shops on the high street offering variety and quality. I'm pleased that we have the supermarkets in Alton (Sainsburys, Waitrose, Aldi and M&S) but it would be nice to have more unique shops.
JC, 42

We definitely need more independent restaurants in Alton. I enjoy going to Prezzos and Pizza Express but miss the old Italian on Amery Street. The Thai is always good though (River Kwai).
SM, 50

Just want to say that the person who looks after the grounds of Alton Town park does a fantastic job!
SC, 38

Great to see such a fantastic and well used sports facility in Alton at Anstey Park - the new 3G pitch for Alton Town Football Club and Alton United youth teams.
GM, 58

I'd be interested to see some comments about the schools in Alton. I know Alton College has a very good reputation.
NF, 46

I love all the shops in Alton, Sainsburys and the Toy Shop. I enjoy going to the park in Alton and Anstey Junior School. My ideas for Alton in the future are more parks.
RM, 10

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I have been suffering with a bad back for years and since I visited Allsports therapy, not only am I pain free, my back feels stronger. I see them regularly, every 2 months or so to prevent it coming back. Couldn't recommend the team at Alton more highly!
LR, 29

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