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Alton News

Updated: 13th February 2019

Alton School Alumna Lauren Shea is the first International Ambassador for Teen Tech and has five female scientists with Dr Clayton at the helm, inspiring the next generation every day. As well as “Storm Eric”, Scott 2 Go was in the news this week with a delivery of satellite equipment to CBS News.

Coomers have been nominated in the BMJ Industry Awards for Independent Merchant of the Year AND Merchant Kitchen & Bathroom Showroom of the Year. The Homes Estate Agents’ Lettings & Property Management team is currently conducting a series of 1-2-1 briefings with its Landlord clients about the implications of impending changes to lettings legislation. Congratulations to Richard from Warren Powell Richards who achieved his 300th review, which puts him in the top 13 Letting negotiators in the country!

Alton College currently has a few vacancies and their ‘Star of the Week’ is IT Technician Liam Creaser for his positive, can-do attitude supporting students and staff across campus on a daily basis. JRS Plumbing and Heating and Everyone Active at Alton Sports Centre and joined AltonHampshire.co.uk, which has made another charitable donation to Alzheimer’s Society.

Alton School recently sent a donation to their sister school in Colombia for their development fund "Congregacion Hijas de Santa Maria de la Providencia" which will be used to support a school inundated with refugees.

Alton Rugby Club’s under 6 player, Tom Fletcher, walked out alongside Owen Farrell at Twickenham on Sunday as an England Mascot. Congratulations to Alton FC Pumas on becoming Hampshire U15 Futsal Champions, winning 7-0 in the final.

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Eloise Parry death: Diet pill dealer appealing against sentence
Bernard Rebelo, 31, from Gosport was jailed for seven years over the death of Eloise Parry.
Giant LEGO dinosaurs are going on display at a Hampshire Zoo
Millions of LEGO bricks have been used to create a new exhibition at Marwell Zoo.
Cowes campaigners 'to take ownership of Chris Packham tree'
Chris Packham and Alan Titchmarsh have called on the under-threat tree to be saved.

UK News

BBC News - UK

IS teenage bride Shamima Begum gives birth to boy
From a refugee camp in Syria, the 19-year-old former London schoolgirl says she deserves public sympathy.
Brexit: Theresa May urges Tory MPs to unite and back deal
Theresa May writes to Tory MPs, as minister suggests their fears could be addressed without reopening deal.
Man dies after tree falls on car in Egham
Four other people inside the vehicle suffered minor injuries in the crash in Egham, Surrey.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Tonight: Light Cloud, Minimum Temperature: 7°C (45°F)
Minimum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1016mb, Humidity: 91%, UV Risk: 0, Pollution: Low, Sunset: 17:23 GMT
Monday: Light Rain, Minimum Temperature: 2°C (35°F) Maximum Temperature: 10°C (50°F)
Maximum Temperature: 10°C (50°F), Minimum Temperature: 2°C (35°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1015mb, Humidity: 88%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:12 GMT, Sunset: 17:25 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 janehurst1@gmail.com.

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