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Alton News

Updated: 16th January 2018

Graffiti appeared on the Butts Bridge in Alton as replacement work continues: “1865: L.S.W.R. / 2019: Vandals”. Alton College are holding extra Open Afternoons for Year 11’s. RFU Touchline Magazine features Jonny Wilkinson's visit to Alton Rugby Club recently. Energy Alton host a FREE event at Alton Community Centre on 16th January "Retrofitting a home for energy efficiency".

Alton Cricket Club announces a new sponsorship arrangement with Homes Estate Agents. Tina Osgood is Alton College’s Star of the Week for her ongoing commitment to the College’s extensive community offering.

Alton Post Gazette features the headline “A new way of working for town” about Alton Town Council and EHDC working partnership. Coomers joined AltonHampshire.co.uk. Alton School Prep Year visited the Living Rainforest. Alton FC lost 4-0 in the League Cup.

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Fareham farm fire engulfs barn and 1,000 hay bales
A huge fire destroys a barn and 1,000 bales of hay near Fareham.
Owner gets stuck up tree trying to rescue own cat
Harry's owner Marie Parry realised the tree was "really high" after she climbed it to free him.
Man accused of sex attacks in three counties
Jason Lawrance is facing four counts of rape between 2009 and 2014 in three counties.

UK News

BBC News - UK

May seeks cross-party Brexit consensus
The PM meets MPs to try to break the Brexit stalemate - as a vote on any revised plan is pencilled in for 29 January.
Wylfa Newydd: Hitachi to halt work on UK nuclear plant
Japan's Hitachi is suspending work on the Wylfa Newydd plant in Wales amid concerns over rising costs.
London state school secures 41 Oxbridge offers
A school in one of London's poorest boroughs aims to send 41 students to Oxford or Cambridge this year.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Today: Sunny, Minimum Temperature: -3°C (26°F) Maximum Temperature: 4°C (40°F)
Maximum Temperature: 4°C (40°F), Minimum Temperature: -3°C (26°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 1015mb, Humidity: 63%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 08:00 GMT, Sunset: 16:29 GMT
Friday: Light Cloud, Minimum Temperature: 3°C (37°F) Maximum Temperature: 6°C (42°F)
Maximum Temperature: 6°C (42°F), Minimum Temperature: 3°C (37°F), Wind Direction: South Easterly, Wind Speed: 16mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1015mb, Humidity: 74%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:59 GMT, Sunset: 16:30 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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AltonHampshire.co.uk is an independent Alton website that promotes organisations, clubs and businesses in Alton, Hampshire. It also supports the charities The Lullaby Trust (safer sleep for babies) and Alzheimer's Society.

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