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Updated: 11th September 2019

AltonHampshire.co.uk’s twitter following @AltonHampshire passed 1000 this week – thank you for your support!

Homes Estate Agents are recruiting for a Weekend Assistant in their Petersfield Branch. Eggar's School require an energetic and enthusiastic person to provide a supporting role in their Food Technology classroom.

Coomers' Big Bathroom Brands Sale has begun, with up to 50% off selected bathroom brands!

Alton School welcome students and announce that this term SurfaceGo tablets will be used by all pupils in Years 7-10 to complement teaching.

Congratulations to Lauren Shea (formerly at Alton School) who has received the prestigious British Empire Medal for services to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to young people.

Scott 2 Go help celebrate the World Cycling Championships by delivering a truly incredible lego model.

Alton Football Club progress in the FA Youth Cup, beating Bournemouth at the weekend.

There is a free ladies Alton Rugby Club taster session at Anstey Park on Saturday 14th September at 2pm. It will be followed by a FREE delicious afternoon tea. No experience, skill or fitness level needed.

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Centuries-old mystery 'filofax' returned to New Forest church
A woman who returned the clergyman's handwritten notebook says she bought it from a US hitchhiker.
Motorcyclist dies in 'hit-and-run' crash in Hook
Police say a silver vehicle involved in the fatal crash drove off without stopping.
Water firms told to tackle billing and service complaints
Thames Water, Northumbrian Water, Essex and Suffolk Water and Hafren Dyfrdwy must improve services.

UK News

BBC News - UK

Brexit: Talks 'should not be a pretence' warns Barnier
The EU's chief negotiator says it is "not enough" for the UK to say what it does not want.
Cobham: National security fears threaten defence takeover
The government is looking into Advent's £4bn takeover bid for British defence firm Cobham.
Gambling addiction: Mum's hopes for new Leeds NHS service
Kimberley Wadsworth killed herself after gambling away £36,000 from her mother to pay off debts.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Today: Sunny, Minimum Temperature: 7°C (45°F) Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F)
Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F), Minimum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: North Easterly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1030mb, Humidity: 64%, UV Risk: 4, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 06:43 BST, Sunset: 19:12 BST
Thursday: Sunny, Minimum Temperature: 8°C (46°F) Maximum Temperature: 21°C (70°F)
Maximum Temperature: 21°C (70°F), Minimum Temperature: 8°C (46°F), Wind Direction: Easterly, Wind Speed: 8mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 1031mb, Humidity: 62%, UV Risk: 4, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 06:45 BST, Sunset: 19:10 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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