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Alton News

Updated: 19th February 2020

Triple fff Brewery are supporting Neuroblastoma UK at the Quiz Night in March. Alan Carr, a patron of the charity, popped in to thank them personally. The brewery are also hiring for a new Lead Brewer to join the expanding team.

Eggar's School have a vacancy for Assistant Curriculum Leader of Science and Science Teacher from September 2020. Their PE department are currently enjoying a ski trip to Austria.

Westbrook Interiors are needing a kitchen designer for their brand new showroom in Alton. The 50% off Britton Bathrooms at Coomers continues until 31 March 20. Refer a friend to join Alton Sports Centre and recieve 1 FREE month. Alton School Year 4 share some excellent rainforest homework!

The Alton Cricket Club beer festival is back: 28th March at Jubilee Fields.

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

South Western Railway strike dates confirmed for March
Staff will walk out for two days in March in a long-running dispute over the role of train guards.
Aldershot High Street shop fire: Three boys arrested
The boys, aged 14 and 15, are held on suspicion of arson after a blaze in Aldershot.
More money promised to attract dentists to Portsmouth
A national shortage and the lack of dentists coming from the EU was blamed for recruitment problems.

UK News

BBC News - UK

Coronavirus: UK 'well prepared' to deal with cases, says government
The number of UK cases rose to 13 after cruise ship passengers returned to Britain on Saturday.
Flood levels in Shrewsbury could be 'highest ever'
Fire crews and kayakers rescue residents in Shrewsbury, while part of Ironbridge is evacuated.
Anglesey crossbow murder: Man guilty of Gerald Corrigan murder
Terence Whall lay in wait for Gerald Corrigan and shot him as he tried to fix his satellite dish.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Minimum Temperature: 3°C (37°F)
Minimum Temperature: 3°C (37°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 24mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 1006mb, Humidity: 83%, UV Risk: 0, Pollution: Low, Sunset: 17:35 GMT
Tuesday: Hail Showers, Minimum Temperature: 1°C (33°F) Maximum Temperature: 8°C (46°F)
Maximum Temperature: 8°C (46°F), Minimum Temperature: 1°C (33°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 19mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 1001mb, Humidity: 76%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 06:58 GMT, Sunset: 17:37 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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