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Alton News

Updated: 3rd June 2020

Homes Estate Agents have experienced a busy first couple of weeks back in the offices after lockdown. Pent-up demand over lockdown has seen plenty of socially distanced viewing activity, offers and sales agreed!

You can now book a visit to view Coomers landscaping displays at any branch.

Eggar's School are seeking to appoint a talented and enthusiastic Assistant Curriculum Leader of Design & Technology from January 2021. The Year 7 and 8 Drama students have produced some incredible work as critic and artist after watching and reviewing the National Theatre's amazing production of 'Treasure Island'.

This week Alton School welcomed back Reception, Year 1, Year 6 and pupils of key worker parents. During lockdown, Alton School's Mylee, year 6, took part in a international online Karate competition and came 1st in both U13 categories entered and 2nd in the adult 'creative Kata'!

The Move It Mama On Demand Workouts series from Alton Sports Centre offers the perfect guide for expectant mothers to exercise safely in lockdown throughout each stage of pregnancy.

Tune in to watch live a Facebook Sing Song for Brendoncare by Shalani Leeson, tonight at 7pm.

Triple fff Brewery are re-stocked with Moondance bottles.

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

George Floyd death: Rioters 'have it coming', Sir Desmond Swayne says
Sir Desmond Swayne made the comment in emails to constituents who had asked him about the US riots.
Veolia's Alton incinerator plan submitted
The proposed facility would convert more waste to energy than previous plants, the developer says.
Richard Morris: Missing diplomat search in Hampshire scaled back
Richard Morris, recently appointed British High Commissioner to Fiji, has not been seen for 28 days.

UK News

BBC News - UK

Madeleine McCann: Police plea for help as German suspect revealed
"Someone out there knows a lot more than they're letting on," says the officer leading the UK inquiry.
Coronavirus: Thousands of homeless 'back on streets by July'
Rough sleepers given emergency accommodation could be evicted within weeks, a charity says.
Coronavirus: How the UK is sleeping under lockdown
More than half the population has struggled with sleep during the lockdown, especially younger people.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Today: Light Cloud, Minimum Temperature: 9°C (49°F) Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F)
Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F), Minimum Temperature: 9°C (49°F), Wind Direction: Northerly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1004mb, Humidity: 64%, UV Risk: 3, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 04:52 BST, Sunset: 21:13 BST
Friday: Sunny Intervals, Minimum Temperature: 6°C (43°F) Maximum Temperature: 16°C (60°F)
Maximum Temperature: 16°C (60°F), Minimum Temperature: 6°C (43°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 19mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 998mb, Humidity: 60%, UV Risk: 6, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 04:51 BST, Sunset: 21:14 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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