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Alton News

Updated: 20th March 2019

Congratulations to Alton College Foundation Learning student Ben Tyler on winning a bronze medal in tennis at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi. Also congratulations to Alton College student Tom Andrews who has been selected to represent the UK at Worldskills in Russia later this year in the Electronics discipline.

This week Coomers celebrated 2 years since launching their app for Trade Card and Credit Account holders and have written a blog about artificial grass. Eggar’s School raised a total of £976.99 for Comic Relief. Alton School Year 7 pupils met British entrepreneur Richard Browning who has created a jet propelled wearable suit that uses several miniature jet engines to achieve vertical flight!

Brendoncare joined AltonHampshire.co.uk. Scott 2 Go cry ‘Don’t get your knickers in a twist!’ as they delivered 100 boxes of lingerie this week.

Alton Rugby Club volunteers were recognised at East Hampshire Sports Awards - Tom Mills, Ashley Hamer and Amy Sly win top awards as well as Alton Cricket Club under 16 girls winning Team of the Year.

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Aldershot park baby murder: Crimestoppers offer £10,000 reward
The body of the newborn girl who suffered head injuries was found in Aldershot in May 2017.
London Waterloo: South Western Railway delays as works overrun
Passengers into London Waterloo are being disrupted after engineering works overran.
Southampton clean air plans boosted by Defra funding
New emissions rules will be imposed on Southampton taxis and buses to improve air quality.

UK News

BBC News - UK

Brexit's fate 'is in British hands', says Donald Tusk
European Council president says "anything is possible" before 12 April - including a much longer delay.
Birmingham pub bombings: 'Men responsible' named by IRA bomber
A convicted IRA bomber has named four men during inquests into the deaths of 21 victims in 1974.
Libby Squire: Hull student's death 'potential homicide'
Police say the 21-year-old student, whose body was found in the Humber estuary, may have been killed.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Tonight: Light Cloud, Minimum Temperature: 6°C (43°F)
Minimum Temperature: 6°C (43°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1029mb, Humidity: 88%, UV Risk: 0, Pollution: Low, Sunset: 18:20 GMT
Saturday: Light Cloud, Minimum Temperature: 4°C (40°F) Maximum Temperature: 11°C (53°F)
Maximum Temperature: 11°C (53°F), Minimum Temperature: 4°C (40°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1033mb, Humidity: 70%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 06:01 GMT, Sunset: 18:21 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.

High Street Alton Hampshire Market Square Alton Hampshire Assembly RoomsAlton Hampshire The Watercress Line Alton Hampshire Alton artwork kindly supplied by Pellart

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