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Hampshirecam Archive ~ New Alresford 2003 - Page Two

The Fulling Mill which spans the River Alre, was built in the 13th century and used water driven hammers to work raw cloth into a useable material. In the fourteenth century the town was one of the country's great wool markets.


A peaceful place to sit and rest, the Memorial Garden by the River Alre, given to the town in 1951 by Sir Francis Lindley.


By the river path, a memorial to Hambone Jr. the mascot dog of 47th Infantry
Regiment of the 9th Division, U.S. Army, stationed in Alresford during the war.


St John's Church is thought to have first been built before the Norman Conquest. But the town was plagued by a series of fires over the centuries, the first serious fire being in the 15th century and a number in the 17th century, the most destructive in 1689 destroyed 117 houses as well as St John's. The church was re-built after a national appeal and in the 19th century was restored by Sir Arthur Blomfield to the state you see today.


St John's Churchyard - The rear half of the churchyard is managed as a conservation area as part of the national Living Churchyard Scheme. During the spring and summer months the area is left unmown to allow the wild flowers etc to grow unmolested. The area is maintained by the Parochial Church Council with the support of the Hampshire Wildlife Trust.


Opposite the West Door of the church are the five grave stones of French Prisoners of War. During the Napoleonic Wars prisoners were kept at a prisoner of war camp at Porchester, in the south of the county. These grave stones belong to four French Officers and an officer's wife, a number of officers, some with their wives were given parole and were allowed to live in Alresford.


The Bell Hotel "Market Inn 1767" in West Street is one of Hampshire's oldest coaching inns.


The old Manse in East Street.


The picturesque houses in East Street. The old Sun Inn, the white building, was the home of the famous cricket broadcaster and writer John Arlott. Prior to that it was Perin's Grammar School believed to have been founded in 1697.


West Street - Broad Street starts to the left of the light coloured building, top centre in the photograph.


Alresford Station - The Mid-Hants Railway opened in 1865 and ran from Alton, where it connected with the line to London and finished at Winchester where it joined the main line from London to Southampton. The railway became a part of Southern Region of British Railways when nationalisation took place in 1948. Following the closure of the line by British Railways in 1973, the Winchester and Alton Railway, later to become the present day Mid-Hants Railway and known as the Watercress Line, was formed with the intention of re-opening the whole line. The line was re-opened between Alresford and Ropley in 1977 and finally to Alton in 1985, the line to Winchester was abandoned due to financial constraints. The railway is operated almost entirely by volunteers, who are involved in all aspects of operating and maintaining the railway, and have turned the railway into one of Hampshire's major tourist attractions.

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