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Alton News

Updated: 22nd May 2019

Eggar’s School are looking for an ASSISTANT CURRICULUM LEADER OF ART From September 2019. Alton School have been den building in Bracknell Forest.

Westbrook Interiors Spring Collection is now beautifully displayed in their window. Kubo Kitchens say ‘bye bye’ to white goods, highlighting a range of colourful fridgefreezers. Warren Powell-Richards are looking for a Saturday Office Assistant to join their busy Godalming office.

Scott 2 Go continues their adventures with BrightBricks and the Sneaker & Lifesytle Convention. Alton College’s Star of the Week is Fiona Salmon, their Operational Services Administrator. Never chase your Conveyancing firm for an update ever again by choosing Bookers & Bolton Perfect Update Conveyancing App. Throughout May, June & July, get 25% off RRP on selected bathroom brands at Coomers Alton & Bordon branches.

Alton Sports Centre offers a blog on improving and maintaining mental wellbeing to round of Mental Health Awareness Week. Brendoncare supported Dementia Action Week with a special open event for anyone living with dementia, their family and carers. Well done to Kerry and her team at Melody Care for achieving a 'Good' rating for their latest CQC Inspection. Melody Care is also looking for Live In Carers to join their Approved Self Employed Live In Carer Register.

Alton Football Club announce their new First and Reserve Teams Management for next season. Alton Rugby Club remind you that Summer Touch rugby will again take place in Anstey Park each Wednesday evening from the 22 May to 10 July.

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

'Broken' mum lost dead son's locket after Fenton visit
Michaela Simkins said the silver keepsake contained a photo of her late son and a lock of his hair.
Jeremy Kyle Show death: Morphine packets found near TV guest
Steven Dymond was found dead days after failing a lie-detector test on the ITV show.
Oesophageal cancer operation filmed in 360°
Janet Jenkin's operation was filmed to highlight ground-breaking research into oesophageal cancer.

UK News

BBC News - UK

European elections 2019: Polls to take place across the UK
UK voters will send 73 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to Brussels and Strasbourg.
Theresa May faces pressure after Andrea Leadsom resigns
The Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, stepped down over the PM's Brexit policy.
HMS Queen Elizabeth captain flown off ship in 'company car' row
It's claimed the officer in charge of warship HMS Queen Elizabeth misused an MoD car.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Tonight: Clear Sky, Minimum Temperature: 7°C (45°F)
Minimum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 6mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 1018mb, Humidity: 81%, UV Risk: 0, Pollution: Low, Sunset: 20:59 BST
Thursday: Sunny Intervals, Minimum Temperature: 8°C (47°F) Maximum Temperature: 21°C (70°F)
Maximum Temperature: 21°C (70°F), Minimum Temperature: 8°C (47°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 8mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 1016mb, Humidity: 58%, UV Risk: 5, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 05:02 BST, Sunset: 21:00 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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