Place:Alton, Wiltshire, England

TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.359°N 1.846°W
Located inWiltshire, England     (1834 - )
See alsoSwanborough Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, Englandcivil parish from which it was formed in 1934
Alton Priors, Wiltshire, Englandcivil parish from which it was formed in 1934
Pewsey Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district 1934-1974
Kennet District, Wiltshire, England1974-|2009
Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England2009--
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Alton is a civil parish in Wiltshire, England. The parish was formed in 1934 when the adjacent villages of Alton Barnes and Alton Priors, and the nearby hamlet of Honeystreet were merged. It is situated on the Kennet and Avon Canal. It lies in the Vale of Pewsey about 6 miles (10 km) east of Devizes.

The north of the parish is on the Marlborough Downs and includes part of Milk Hill, which is the highest point in Wiltshire at 295 metres (968 ft).

The Kennet and Avon Canal, opened in 1810, crosses the parish. A wharf at Honeystreet served the local area and a rural industrial area developed around it, including a firm of barge builders - Robbins, Lane, and Pinniger - who continued until the 1950s.

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