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Alton News

Updated: 6th November 2019

Alton School Year 9 pupils have joined Treloars students today for the annual Disability Sports Day.

Congratulations to Gemma Porter of Alton Cricket Club who has been presented with Cricket World Rigby Taylor 100 Club Award. Congratulations also to Alton School Year 6 pupil Mylee Hedges who represented Great Britain at last week’s 12th World Martial Arts Games 2019.

Alton Sports Centre is looking to recruit Party Hosts. Scott 2 Go have delivered to Olympia London ahead of the 'Spirit of Christmas' event. Out & About have updated their website with new products and prices. Brendoncare Christmas cards are now on sale in several Cards for Good Causes shops.

Eggar’s School current Politics A level students spent two days at The Houses of Parliament with constituent MP Damian Hinds. Triple fff Brewery official resident gardener Sheila has been hard at work getting their Flower beds ready for the spring. Coomers sponsored James Porter came 34th in the Triathlon World Championships.

Alton College have an open day next Wednesday (13th Nov, 5-8:30pm).

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Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Portsmouth-Fishbourne hybrid ferry breaks down in Solent
A fault in the hybrid ferry's propulsion system leaves 145 passengers stuck in the Solent.
Basingstoke street attack leaves two in hospital
One man suffered life-threatening head injuries and another also needed hospital treatment.
Lyndhurst 'Conan Doyle' hotel sold to property developer
Previous owner PegasusLife had planned to demolish Lyndhurst Park Hotel to build retirement flats.

UK News

BBC News - UK

Fracking halted after government pulls support
Drilling for shale gas will cease in England - but the government stops short of an outright ban.
Rugby World Cup final: England fans await South Africa clash
Fans back Eddie Jones's side to beat South Africa and join the class of 2003 as tournament winners.
Climate change: Thousands invited to join citizens' assembly
The MPs' initiative will look at what members of the public can do to reduce CO2.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Today: Heavy Rain Showers, Minimum Temperature: 7°C (44°F) Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F)
Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Minimum Temperature: 7°C (44°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 29mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 980mb, Humidity: 82%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 06:58 GMT, Sunset: 16:37 GMT
Sunday: Light Rain, Minimum Temperature: 7°C (44°F) Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F)
Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Minimum Temperature: 7°C (44°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 983mb, Humidity: 81%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 06:59 GMT, Sunset: 16:35 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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