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Alton News

Updated: 17th July 2019

Congratulations to winning Team England Alton School pupil Ella who with her Junior Ballet Group won a bronze medal at the World Cup in Portugal. Congratulations to Alton Rugby Club coaches recognised as the Best in Hampshire - Kathleen Digby and Steve Jenkins - Coaches of the Year 2019. Congratulations also to Alton College Student Watch members, having completed a full year learning about policing in our local area and growing the college’s strong relationship with Hants Police.

Melody Live In Care are seeking an experienced Self Employed Live In Carer to start in August. Alton Sports Centre are having a series of soft play meet and greet mornings for the schools in the local area, giving children and parents opportunities to meet other school starters.

Scott 2 Go have been delivering lego Aztec and Samurai models to Scotland. Subsonic Aerial Photography have been taking advantage of the recent good weather and taking drone pictures to help market properties for house sellers.

Bookers & Bolton Solicitors are glad to have bought the paint for the outdoor area of the Alton Community Centre. The Big Dig in Alton’s Public Gardens is now well underway.

Alton Hockey Club promote intra-club mixed hockey, which starts tonight at Eggar's School. All welcome.

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Jubilee Sailing Trust to decommission tall ship after financial review
The sailing charity recently raised more than £1m from an "emergency appeal".
Julian Clegg to leave BBC Radio Solent in December
The broadcaster, who has hosted the breakfast show since 1997, admits he "wants a lie-in".
Pub closures: What is the social cost to young people?
Could we be closing the generation gap over a drink in your local?

UK News

BBC News - UK

Boris Johnson wins race to be Tory leader and PM
He beat Jeremy Hunt in a ballot of party members and will enter Downing Street on Wednesday.
UK weather: How to keep cool and carry on in a heatwave
With temperatures set to soar in the coming days, how can the UK keep cool and carry on?
Labour anti-Semitism: Corbyn's plan to go to ruling body
The Labour leader says he wants to "confront this poison and drive it out of our party".

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Today: Sunny, Minimum Temperature: 17°C (63°F) Maximum Temperature: 31°C (87°F)
Maximum Temperature: 31°C (87°F), Minimum Temperature: 17°C (63°F), Wind Direction: South Easterly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1015mb, Humidity: 39%, UV Risk: 6, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 05:16 BST, Sunset: 21:04 BST
Wednesday: Sunny, Minimum Temperature: 15°C (58°F) Maximum Temperature: 29°C (84°F)
Maximum Temperature: 29°C (84°F), Minimum Temperature: 15°C (58°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1013mb, Humidity: 61%, UV Risk: 7, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 05:17 BST, Sunset: 21:03 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 janehurst1@gmail.com.

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