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The local area guide to living in Alton

Alton is a historic market town in rural Hampshire, England. It lays at the source of the River Wey.

Alton was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 as having the most valuable market in the country, and archaeological evidence suggests it was inhabited since the Iron Age. Through the late middle ages and into the renaissance period, the town was widely known for high quality brewing as hops and barley were grown in the area, although these days it is less important to the local economy.

In the 18th century it was well known for manufacturing paper and dress materials. Today, the largest employers are the retail and service sectors. It has four industrial areas: Mill Lane, Newman Lane, Caker Stream and Omega Park.

Within the town there are some beautiful historic buildings that are interspersed with more modern amenities. There are various cultural events held throughout the year, including the Alton WordFest - a celebration of the written and spoken word.

Information about the local residents

As of the 2011 census, just under 18,000 people live in Alton. The most common form of occupation for residents is in a higher or intermediate managerial, administrative, or technical or professional job role.

74% of people own their own house (whether outright or with a mortgage), and only 9.8% privately rent, which compares to 15.4% for the rest of the country. Education rates are also generally high. 34% have qualifications equivalent to an undergraduate degree or greater, much higher than the 27.4% for England as a whole.

The mean age for Alton is a little over the average at 42 and a relatively large proportion of the populace belong to the over 45 age bracket. There are fewer people between the ages of 18 and 29 as a proportion of the total population than is the average for the country.

Nearby schools

Within Alton are the state secondary schools Eggar's School, and Amery Hill School. As well as these two there is an independent school, Alton Convent School, which is Catholic and educates boys up to the age of 11, and girls up to the age of 18.

Alton College offers 6th form education, and has a fantastic reputation - Ofsted gave it an 'outstanding' rating in their report. It also offers courses for adults looking to return to education. There are also two nearby universities - the University of Winchester and the University of Surrey, while the University of Southampton isn't too far away.

Getting around

Alton Railway Station belongs to the National Rail network and offers a direct service to London Waterloo, opening up the possibility of a commute to the city.

It also hosts the Mid Hants Railway - a heritage steam railway that is well worth a ride. It's known colloquially as the Watercress Line because it used to transport fresh watercress into London.There are bus services in the local area run by Stagecoach.

Alton is right on the A31, which offers great links throughout Hampshire. Winchester is less than half an hour away, and Southampton not far beyond that on the M3. The outskirts of London are just 45 minutes away in the other direction.

Local shops

Alton has a good range of shops including a Waterstones, W H Smith, Holland & Barrett, Clarks, and more. It also has several great independent stores offering local wares. These include a butchers, grocers and bakers.

There are three supermarkets - Sainsbury's, Iceland, and Marks & Spencer. There is also a small Waitrose. Therefore, residents will not find themselves short of the essentials

As well as all this, there are some excellent pubs and restaurants scattered through the town. The Yew Tree is a particular favourite for residents and visitors alike, boasting an excellent range of cuisine. The George attracts similar numbers of visitors, also with a wide range of good food and drink.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.