Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Hampshire

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  • Here are the details of maps for Alton:

  • Hampshire Sheet 35.07 Alton 1909 - published 2017; intro by Alan Godfrey. ISBN.978-1-78721-083-7

    This detailed map gives good coverage of Alton.

    Features include town centre with individual buildings neatly shown, railway with station, Anstey Mill, St Lawrence's church, All Saints church, cemetery, Friends Meeting House, Town Hall, two breweries, Ashdell, Alton Paper Mill, Amery, Assembly Rooms, Alton Union Workhouse, etc. Extracts from an 1899 directory are included on the reverse.


    Further information:

    Alton, well known to railway enthusiasts as the starting point for the Watercress Line, prospered from its position on the London-Winchester road, but suffered when the main line railway went via Basingstoke. However, it became an important brewing town, with two major brewers, Crowley's and Hall's, though the latter had been bought out by Courage in 1903. The town has several good buildings, strung out along its principal street, with Assembly Rooms a highlight, and a fine church and early Friends Meeting House just set back. Alton once had its own urban district but since 1974 has been in East Hampshire District.

  • A selection of photos taken during the research for this map. Click on the thumbnails for larger images:

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  • Here is a small extract from the Alton 1909 map:

  • Each map includes a specially written essay about the area. Here is a short extract from the introduction to the Alton 1909 map:

    "The cemetery is perhaps best known for the grave, near the SW corner, of Fanny Adams, the 8-year old ‘tall, comely and intelligent’ girl, who was brutally murdered by Frederick Baker in August 1867. Baker, a solicitor’s clerk who was subsequently hanged on Christmas Eve in one of Winchester’s last public executions, enticed her away for a halfpenny and so butchered her that body parts were scattered across the hop gardens. The wretched incident led to sailors describing their recently issued cans of beef or mutton as ‘Fanny Adams’, or ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, signifying nothing at all. Later the slang appears to have led to ‘Sweet F A’, or its cruder interpretation, and the shocking crime is too often forgotten. But Fanny Adams was a local child, who lived in Tanhouse Lane, and her grave is neatly maintained. It is time to reclaim her name."


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