By Tim Lambert

Early Alton

c 200 AD A Roman settlement called Vindomis exists at Neatham near Alton

c 700 A small Saxon village exists at Alton

1100 King Henry I of England and Robert, Duke of Normandy sign a treaty at Alton

13th Century Alton grows into a small market town

1307 The king grants Alton the right to hold a fair

1380 The main industry in Alton is weaving but many pilgrims pass through the town on their way to Canterbury

1641 A grammar school is founded in Alton

1643 During the Civil War Parliamentary troops defeat Royalists at the Battle of Alton

1665 Alton is struck by plague

1,200 Alton has a population of around 1,200. Even by the standards of the time it is a small town.

19th Century Alton

1801 Alton is growing and now has a population of about 2,000

1813 A new Town Hall is built

1844 Alton gains a gas supply

1851 The population of Alton has passed 3,500

1852 Alton is connected to London by railway

1856 The first cemetery in Alton opens

1862 A sewage works is built at Alton

1865 Alton is connected to Winchester by railway. Curtis Museum is founded.

1874 All Saints Church is consecrated

1876 A waterworks is built at Alton

1880 Curtis Museum moves to its present building

Modern Alton

1901 The population of Alton is over 5,000

1908 Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital is built

1927 Alton gains an electricity supply

1966 St Mary's Church is built

1971 Alton bypass is built

1972 Alton Sports Centre opens

1975 Alton Community Centre opens

1978 Alton College opens

2001 The population of Alton is about 17,000

2005 The Maltings Centre opens

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