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Alton News

Updated: 4th December 2019

Congratulations to Alton College Foundation Learning student Federica on winning the Disability Novice Category at the British Schools Gymnastics Association Southern regional qualifier competition at the weekend.

Homes are proud to have been recognised by Property Academy, in association with Rightmove, as the Best Agent for Sales in Hampshire, Berkshire and the Isle of Wight.

Bookers & Bolton solicitors share a photo of the skiing marmot in Alton which has been featured in the national newspapers and TV. Alton Sports Centre share more photos of the new centre opening in January. Triple fff Brewery share photos of their new bar which is now open.

Rock salt is on special offer at Coomers. Triple fff Brewery are pleased to announce that Moondance is now back in bottles, just in time for the festive season!

Alton Rugby Club’s recent success makes Rugby World Magazine. Alton Football Club beat Guildford City last night in the Aldershot Senior Cup.

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight ice rink plans recommended for refusal
The Isle of Wight has not had an ice rink since Ryde Arena closed in 2016.
Southampton student 'feared she would die during park rape'
A woman was strangled to the point of unconsciousness by a rapist who said "sorry", a court hears.
South Western Railway strike: Rail union publishes plan to end guards dispute
Twenty-seven days of strike action by Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) members began a week ago.

UK News

BBC News - UK

New Zealand volcano: Two British women injured after eruption
The UK high commission in New Zealand says two Britons caught in the volcano eruption are now in hospital.
General election 2019: Boris Johnson criticised over reaction to sick boy image
The PM initially refused to look at the picture of the boy and took a reporter's phone away.
General election 2019: Brexit Party expels activists over racist remarks
A councillor and party official were filmed making the comments on the election campaign trail.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Minimum Temperature: -1°C (31°F)
Minimum Temperature: -1°C (31°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1024mb, Humidity: 86%, UV Risk: 0, Pollution: Low, Sunset: 15:57 GMT
Tuesday: Heavy Rain, Minimum Temperature: 3°C (38°F) Maximum Temperature: 11°C (52°F)
Maximum Temperature: 11°C (52°F), Minimum Temperature: 3°C (38°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 27mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1013mb, Humidity: 90%, UV Risk: 0, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:56 GMT, Sunset: 15:57 GMT

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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