Alton is a popular market town in Hampshire, South East England, perhaps best known for its fascinating military history. It lies near the source of the River Wey, and has a close association with the famous Georgian novelist, Jane Auston. A day out here is all but guaranteed to be fun and eventful.
Why not stop for an Afternoon Tea in Alton while you’re at it? After all, there is never a bad time for a nice, hot brew with scones, sandwiches and cakes to hand! Go on – treat yourself today!
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Archaeological evidence suggests that people have lived in and around this area since the Iron Age. During the Saxon era, the settlement found here went by the name “Aweltun”. It was not long after that the first Battle of Alton took place, which saw Danish forces defeat the English in 1001. By the Domesday Book of 1086, its name had changed to “Aoltone”.
The Second Battle of Alton happened centuries later, during the English Civil War. A small Royalist force came under attack by a Parliamentary army while stationed in the town in 1643.
Grossly outnumbered, the Royalists were forced to take refuge in the nearby Church of St. Lawrence before accepting defeat and surrendering.
Today, evidence of the battle is still visible in the church walls. However, things have, of course, calmed down somewhat since those days. Indeed, one can quite contentedly stop at an Afternoon Tea Alton establishment without much worry of conflict!