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Alton News

Updated: 28th October 2020

Eggar’s School are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, and talented teacher of Art a temporary basis.

Alton School Science Y13 have been investigating dehydrogenase activity in chloroplasts. Scott 2 Go deliver boxes from Gatwick to engineers in Lasham. Coomers share Halloween treat recipes from NEFF. Alton Sports Centre are offering 20% off pool toys.

Alton Football Club beat Romsey at the weekend to move up the league.

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Other Regional News

BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Burst pipe leaves 6,000 New Forest homes without water
Residents in the New Forest are having to fill up water bottles at an emergency station.
Detective breaks down at Hampshire misconduct hearing
Six members of Hampshire's Serious and Organised Crime Unit are facing misconduct charges.
Portsmouth dock workers recognised for Falklands War role
Thousands of civilians in Portsmouth helped ready the taskforce after the invasion of the islands.

UK News

BBC News - UK

Coronavirus: PM considering England lockdown next week
A new "stay at home" order across England could be announced as soon as Monday, it is understood.
'Millions face hardship' as government support ends
Renters and the self employed could be among those facing tough times this winter, charities warn.
Storm Aiden: Heavy rain and winds hit UK
Warnings for rain in Northern Ireland, much of Scotland, Wales and parts of England are in force.

Alton Weather

BBC Weather - Forecast for Alton, GB

Today: Heavy Rain, Minimum Temperature: 9°C (49°F) Maximum Temperature: 14°C (58°F)
Maximum Temperature: 14°C (58°F), Minimum Temperature: 9°C (49°F), Wind Direction: Southerly, Wind Speed: 24mph, Visibility: Moderate, Pressure: 1010mb, Humidity: 83%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 06:56 GMT, Sunset: 16:38 GMT
Sunday: Light Rain, Minimum Temperature: 15°C (59°F) Maximum Temperature: 16°C (60°F)
Maximum Temperature: 16°C (60°F), Minimum Temperature: 15°C (59°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 21mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1004mb, Humidity: 90%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 06:58 GMT, Sunset: 16:37 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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