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Alton News

Updated: 25th November 2020

Eggar’s School is offering an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work as a small-group intervention tutor, providing intervention and academic support for students who have been negatively impacted by Covid-19.

Happy Birthday to Coomers' Bordon branch - 14 years today since it first opened!

Homes Estate Agents launch a Kids Christmas Art Competition with a ‘COVID’ Difference.

Alton School sports scholars enjoyed a motivational virtual talk from Ally Housley, Wasps and England netball player!

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Basingstoke teenager stabbing death: Two men found guilty
Taylor Williams, 18, died after being stabbed in Basingstoke last August.
Eastleigh rail depot death: Man arrested after railway worker dies
A man is arrested over the death of a railway worker at Long Welded Rail Depot in Eastleigh.
Detective charged over witness statement in wife murder probe
Hampshire detective Robert Ferrow is accused of forging a statement in a murder investigation.

UK News

BBC News - UK

MPs back England’s tougher coronavirus tier system
The restrictions will start at 00:01 GMT after MPs backed the plan by 291 votes to 78.
Debenhams set to close putting 12,000 jobs at risk
The move comes after the failure of last-ditch efforts to rescue the ailing department store chain.
Covid-19: No plans for 'vaccine passport' - Michael Gove
It follows suggestions pubs and restaurants may turn away people who don't get a coronavirus vaccine.

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: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1026mb, Humidity: 92%, UV Risk: 0, Pollution: Low, Sunset: 16:00 GMT
Wednesday: Light Cloud, Minimum Temperature: 3°C (37°F) Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F)
Maximum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Minimum Temperature: 3°C (37°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1019mb, Humidity: 89%, UV Risk: 0, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:48 GMT, Sunset: 15:59 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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