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Welcome to my website, this is not intended to replace my Facebook page (Memories of Alton, Hampshire) rather than to have a place where I can display the images I have already shared on social media in some sort of order:

For many years (approx 35) I have had a keen interest in the history of our town, as a child I was lucky enough to spend many weekends and holidays with my grandmother, in the front room there was a small bookcase crammed full of books of every shape and size, one of them always seemed a bit out of place amongst the various novels, reference books and a few Readers Digest! It was The Story of Alton by C.W.Hawkins, it seemed strange that there should be a book about the town where I lived, after all, Alton is not that interesting! Or is it?

The first time I read it, I was hooked, keen to know even more I visited the Curtis Museum, where I discovered some of what I now know to be modern reproductions of old postcards (I have shared these images below) this was the tiny acorn from which my collection has grown.  


The Mechanics Institute (now the Curtis Museum) & Cottage Hospital at Crown Close 1882 The Mechanics Institute (now the Curtis Museum) & Cottage Hospital at Crown Close 1882
Circus procession passing Crown Close, 1899 Circus procession passing Crown Close, 1899

This site is a non profit making venture and it is intended that all of the photographs contained in the archive will remain available as a resource for future generations in Alton.