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Alton News

Updated: 9th October 2019

Congratulations to Alton School Year 9 pupil and Alton Hockey Club member JH, who has been selected for the Hampshire U15 Girls Hockey Team.

Scott 2 Go couriers were there on the double to transport Lego Paw Patrol models this week. Brendoncare Alton were delighted to welcome their Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex, to unveil a special plaque for their 35th birthday. The Countess met residents, families, staff, supporters & local dignitaries, and enjoyed a tour of the newly refurbished home.

On Thursday (10th Oct) 5-8:30pm, see for yourself what life at Alton College is like at their Open Day. On Friday 11th it’s Eggar’s School Open Morning 9:15-12:00pm.

Alton Sports Centre will be attending the World Mental Health Day Event at Alton Community Centre this Saturday 12th October, 10:30am - 6pm. Also on Saturday, support your local football club… Alton Football Club are playing at home vs Andover New Street and are offering a 'Non League Day Deal'!

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

First tests of HMS Prince of Wales capabilities
HMS Prince of Wales' long-range radar and "impregnable heart" were tested during sea trials off Scotland,
Train passengers shine in diamond hunt
Anneka Rice's future daughter-in-law praises people who searched for her engagement ring gem.
Celebrity hairdresser Trevor Sorbie makes wig wearers feel great
Trevor Sorbie has trained more than 1,000 hairdressers how to style wigs for people with medical hair loss.

UK News

BBC News - UK

Queen's Speech: New laws on crime, health and the environment
Crime and health take centre stage, but opposition parties dismiss the programme as "election manifesto".
Paedophile Richard Huckle stabbed to death at Full Sutton Prison
The ex-photographer, who abused up to 200 Malaysian children, was attacked with a "makeshift knife".
Food writer Jack Monroe 'loses £5,000 in phone-number hijack'
Jack Monroe's bank and PayPal accounts were used after her mobile phone number was hijacked.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Tonight: Light Rain, Minimum Temperature: 9°C (49°F)
Minimum Temperature: 9°C (49°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 10mph, Visibility: Moderate, Pressure: 1002mb, Humidity: 96%, UV Risk: 0, Pollution: Low, Sunset: 18:14 BST
Tuesday: Light Rain Showers, Minimum Temperature: 10°C (50°F) Maximum Temperature: 15°C (59°F)
Maximum Temperature: 15°C (59°F), Minimum Temperature: 10°C (50°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1003mb, Humidity: 86%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:27 BST, Sunset: 18:12 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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