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Alton News

Updated: 20th February 2019

Eggar’s School joined AltonHampshire.co.uk and introduced their 2019 prefect team, while the geography department enjoy a trip to Italy, visiting the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Rome.

If you work as a teacher in the local area, Alton Sports Centre wants to welcome you this half term to train for free; whether you fancy a swim, sweaty gym session or to unwind in the health suite!

Alton Beer Festival is at Alton College this coming weekend. In the craft bar on offer is a comparison between Cask and Keg with Triple fff’s Goldfffinger on both. Since 2002 the festivals have put £227,000 into the local community - all through people having a great time whilst drinking for Local Charities.

Homes Estate Agents is promoting a Freddie Mercury tribute in Alton in aid of Dreams Come True. Coomers have space in their newsletter to share your project and are looking for a Yard Operative to join their Haslemere branch. Alton College is looking for part time staff.

It was a double home win for Alton Rugby Club on Sunday, beating Andover and Petersfield. Lara from Alton School won gold at Highfield Cross-country - Congratulations!

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Eloise Parry diet pill death man 'wrongly charged twice'
Lawyers for Bernard Rebelo said he should not have faced two manslaughter charges over one death.
Jeremy Hardy: Comedian's funeral held in Dorset
The private ceremony was attended by Jeremy Hardy's "lifelong friend" Jeremy Corbyn.
Arrest after boy shot in legs and ankles in Southampton
The teenager was shot outside a home in Southampton and remains in hospital.

UK News

BBC News - UK

Shamima Begum will not be allowed here, Bangladesh says
Bangladesh says there is "no question" of Shamima Begum being allowed into the country.
Independent Group: Three MPs quit Tory party to join
Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston claim "hard-line anti-EU" MPs now run the Conservatives.
Brits 2019: The 1975 come out on top with two big awards
The indie band won two awards, while George Ezra and Jorja Smith were named best male and best female.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Tonight: Light Cloud, Minimum Temperature: 7°C (45°F)
Minimum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 12mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1023mb, Humidity: 90%, UV Risk: 0, Pollution: Low, Sunset: 17:30 GMT
Thursday: Light Cloud, Minimum Temperature: 5°C (40°F) Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F)
Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Minimum Temperature: 5°C (40°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 11mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1025mb, Humidity: 82%, UV Risk: 0, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:04 GMT, Sunset: 17:32 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.

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