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Alton News

Updated: 8th July 2020

Brendoncare are delighted to announce that they have received a grant of £89,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund to help continue their telephone contact and support service while their clubs remain closed.

Congratulations to Reuben, year 7 at Alton School, who won the Education category of the TeenTech Awards 2020 with his project 'Calcula'.

You can find a series called Stress & Anxiety Busters on Les Mills on Demand promoted by Alton Sports Centre, – 10 workout videos designed to leave you feeling mentally and physically stronger than ever.

Alton FC are pleased to have again passed the annual FIFA 3G pitch test and continue to announce player signings for the upcoming season.

Alton News Archive

Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Gurinderjit Rai: Murder charges after man found shot dead in lay-by
The body of Gurinderjit Rai was discovered in a lay-by in Hampshire in 2019.
Manydown development: Plans for more than 3,500 new homes approved
Basingstoke councillors vote in favour of the major new housing development at Manydown.
Claire Parry death: Dorset police officer admits killing lover
PC Timothy Brehmer pleads guilty to the manslaughter of nurse Claire Parry but denies murder.

UK News

BBC News - UK

Coronavirus: Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils £30bn plan to save jobs
Chancellor Rishi Sunak cuts VAT on hospitality and offers firms a bonus to keep furloughed staff, in a bid to stop mass unemployment.
Public spending on coronavirus soars to £190bn
PPE costs and support for the economy add to the rising bill for fighting the pandemic.
Care homes face staffing 'black hole' with new immigration bill
Health and social care leaders warn the prime minister about the impact of the new immigration bill.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Tonight: Light Rain, Minimum Temperature: 15°C (58°F)
Minimum Temperature: 15°C (58°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1014mb, Humidity: 94%, UV Risk: 0, Pollution: Low, Sunset: 21:18 BST
Thursday: Light Rain, Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F) Maximum Temperature: 19°C (67°F)
Maximum Temperature: 19°C (67°F), Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1013mb, Humidity: 85%, UV Risk: 2, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 05:01 BST, Sunset: 21:17 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 [email protected]

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AltonHampshire.co.uk is an independent Alton website that promotes organisations, clubs and businesses in Alton, Hampshire. It also supports the charities The Lullaby Trust (safer sleep for babies) and Alzheimer's Society.

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