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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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Jane Austen and Alton

Author: Jane Hurst

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The plaque on the fountain in Butts Road in Alton reads:

'a pleasant healthy town, on the great Western road from London through Farnham, to Southampton and the Isle of Wight. It consists of three streets, the principal of which is wide, and modern built. It has a small, but neat church; and the river Wye [sic - it is actually the River Wey] runs through the town.'

During the years that Jane lived in Chawton, she came to Alton in order to shop and to board the coaches that took her on her various visits to friends and relations. Several members of the Austen family also lived in Alton at different times. Her brother Frank and his family lived in Lenton Street and the High Street, while her niece, Anna, lived at Wyards after her marriage to Benjamin Lefroy. Coming from Chawton, Jane would have walked along the main road that enters the parish of Alton at the southern corner of The Butts.

This book is written in the form of a walk around Jane Austen's Alton but it can also be used as source of information about her time in the area. The illustrations are taken from photographs and old postcards and show that many of the buildings that she knew are still to be seen today.

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