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Alton News

Updated: 25th March 2020

Mint Condition is now offering online personal training - your own personal trainer from their team of experienced trainers at home via your mobile/tablet/PC or TV. Triple fff Brewery are still offering their zero contact, free home delivery service to our neighbours and surrounding villages for orders of £20 or more.

Scott 2 Go have been delivering to hospitals. Alton Sports Centre are donating 50% of their members' monthly fees to the National Emergencies Trust in support of the emergency services.

To support home learning, Eggar's School have launched EggCast! Episode 1 is out now. Congratulations to Alton School pupil James who won the U16 Beginners and Novice Ballroom categories at the South Coast Championships recently.

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Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Stu McBrearty: Ex-Commando took own life after 'horrific' tours of duty
Stu McBrearty was traumatised by seeing colleagues killed and injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Man arrested on attempted murder charge after two found injured
A woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s were found in the house in Shalbourne near Marlborough by paramedics.
Sumburgh Super Puma crash: Fatal accident inquiry will not happen in May
A total of 18 people were on board when the helicopter crashed off Shetland in 2013, and four died.

UK News

BBC News - UK

Coronavirus: Hospitals urged to use lab space to test NHS staff
The advice comes as the government faces growing criticism over a lack of testing for frontline staff.
Coronavirus: 13-year-old boy dies, says London hospital trust
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab is thought to be the youngest person to have died with the virus in the UK.
David Hockney shares exclusive art from Normandy, as 'a respite from the news'
The artist, who's in lockdown in Normandy, shares 10 soothing paintings of the springtime.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Today: Sunny Intervals, Minimum Temperature: 3°C (37°F) Maximum Temperature: 9°C (49°F)
Maximum Temperature: 9°C (49°F), Minimum Temperature: 3°C (37°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1024mb, Humidity: 67%, UV Risk: 3, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 06:38 BST, Sunset: 19:38 BST
Thursday: Light Cloud, Minimum Temperature: 5°C (40°F) Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F)
Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Minimum Temperature: 5°C (40°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1017mb, Humidity: 69%, UV Risk: 3, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 06:36 BST, Sunset: 19:40 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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