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Alton News

Updated: 23rd September 2020

Alton School are looking forward to their Reception Virtual Open Morning on Monday, for current and new families interested in joining Alton Prep in Year R in September 2021.

Guided tours of Eggar's School for current Year 6s will take place on Thursday 01 October 2020 from 16:30 - 18:30 (by appointment only).

Alton Football Club announced a new partnership with Keep Attacking™ – A motivational brand and mantra from Brian Wood MC.

Congratulations to Alton Cricket Club's Mini Brewers who won the Vitality U19 Hampshire T20 Cup against fancied Lymington & Sway.

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Coronavirus: Axed Southampton funfair goes ahead on new site
The funfair operator insisted he had not received any order to close from the local authority.
Coronavirus: Hospitals train nursing staff to work in ICU
Nurses from other departments are being trained to treat coronavirus patients in intensive care.
Portsmouth Pyramids Centre swimming pool loss 'huge mistake'
A fall in the number of swimmers prompts a council to replace the pool with an indoor playground.

UK News

BBC News - UK

Covid: Uncertainty as industries miss out on job support
The chancellor's new wage top-up scheme to replace furlough is aimed at protecting "viable" roles.
Covid: UK sees highest number of coronavirus cases since mass tests began
Latest figures show 6,634 new coronavirus cases across the UK, taking the total to 416,363.
County lines raids: 1,000 arrests and £1.2m drugs seized
Class A drugs, £526,000 in cash and 200 weapons are seized in raids across England and Wales.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Today: Sunny Intervals, Minimum Temperature: 5°C (41°F) Maximum Temperature: 14°C (57°F)
Maximum Temperature: 14°C (57°F), Minimum Temperature: 5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 25mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1004mb, Humidity: 68%, UV Risk: 2, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 06:56 BST, Sunset: 18:54 BST
Saturday: Sunny, Minimum Temperature: 7°C (45°F) Maximum Temperature: 13°C (56°F)
Maximum Temperature: 13°C (56°F), Minimum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 18mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1012mb, Humidity: 62%, UV Risk: 2, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 06:57 BST, Sunset: 18:52 BST

A History of Alton Hampshire

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 [email protected]

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