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Alton Papers, No.11

Learn more about John Hale & Sons, Wheelwrights and Coachbuilders of Alton; Wykeham House School in Kings Road run by Primrose and Dorothy Wickham; Richard Norton's Italianate Tomb at East Tisted; and Alton's Eccentric Professor - Alexander William Bickerton - and his life in England and New Zealand. ...
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Alton Papers, no. 5

Publication Date: 2001

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Articles:

  • Alton - the Place Name
    Author: Martin Morris
    There have been several interpretations of the meaning of the name of the town over the years. Various historical versions of the word are listed here and the best interpretation investigated.

  • George Brooks Bennett - Schooldays in Alton, 1821-1830
    Author: Colin Fox
    George Brooks Bennett arrived in Alton in 1821 from his home on St Helena. He had come to be educated at Mr Saulez's Academy which he attended for nine years. Excerpts are given from a long letter he wrote to his daughter in later life telling her about his experiences, companions, local events and outings. The school was first at 93 High Street and then, across the road, at 106-112 High Street. Mr Saulez later became headmaster at Eggar's Grammar School and took his private pupils with him when he moved there.

  • Alton Justice Clerkship Fee Book, 1834-1841
    Author: D W Aubrey Stevens
    This book contains references to complaints connected with licensing laws, larceny and assault as well as problems with the maintenance of the highways, the Poor Law and refusal to work. The Justices heard of malicious damage, offences against the game laws and disturbances during Methodist services and many actual cases are described.

  • Pearce's Sawmill, Butts Road
    Author: Norman Pointing
    Pearce's Sawmill was originally financed by Miss Isabella Crowley with the idea of providing work for members of the newly formed Alton Corps of the Salvation Army. Sadly the project was not a financial success and the premises were taken over by George Pearce from Buckinghamshire. This article gives an account of the history of the business and a description of the buildings which grew up on the site.

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