Place:Alton, Hampshire, England

Alt namesAultonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 122
Ansteysource: hamlet in parish
Anstysource: spelling variation of above
TypeTown, Urban district
Coordinates51.151°N 0.976°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoAlton Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
East Hampshire District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Alton is a market town and civil parish in the East Hampshire District of Hampshire, England. It is located across a valley on the source of the River Wey. According to the 2011 UK census, it had a population of 17,816.

Alton was an urban district during the period 1894-1974.


For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Alton, Hampshire. A light-hearted summary of the history of Alton.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI has a list of archive holders in Hampshire including the Hampshire Record Office, various museums in Portsmouth and Southhampton, the Isle of Wight Record Office and Archives.
  • The Hampshire Online Parish Clerk project has a large collection of transcriptions from Parish Registers across Hampshire.
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 together with tables listing the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered, along with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The three-storey City Museum in Winchester covers the Iron Age and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period.
  • Volumes in The Victoria County History Series are available for Hampshire through British History Online. There are three volumes and the county is covered by parishes within the old divisions of "hundreds".
A collection of maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrating the English county of Hampshire over the period 1832-1932 (the last two are expandible):
  • A group of maps of the post-1974 municipal districts or boroughs of Hampshire on Wikipedia Commons

Parishes in the Alton Hundred of Hampshire and the Farnham Hundred of Surrey have been omitted from the Victoria County Histories. This may be because they were set up later than the other hundreds.

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