Alton Papers, No.26

Cover of Alton Papers 12

One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton

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Cover Illustration: Cottages on the site of Gothic Cottages with the Meeting House in the background. Painted by Elizabeth Crowley, October 1849.

Paperback - 48 pages
The Local History Group of the Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery; 2022

Associated titles: Alton Papers 5 , Alton Papers 6 , Alton Papers 7 , Alton Papers 8 , Alton Papers 9 , Alton Papers 10 , Alton Papers 11 , Alton Papers 12, Alton Papers 13, Alton Papers 14 , Alton Papers 15 , Alton Papers 16 , Alton Papers 17 , Alton Papers 18 , Alton Papers 19 , Alton Papers 20 , Alton Papers 21 , Alton Papers 22 , Alton Papers 23 , Alton Papers 24 , Alton Papers 25 , Jane Austen & Alton , Jane Austen & Chawton , Miss Bell's Fountains , Alton's Inns , Alton's Pubs , Alton's Motor Traders, part 1 , Alton's Motor Traders, part 2 , Hartley Mauditt House


The Gold Family of Chawton, by Violet Hunt

Alton's Funeral Procession for King Edward VII and the Proclamation

Did Victorian Altonians Move Around?, by Steve Millar

3 and 5 High Street, Alton, by Jane Hurst

The Donkey Ladies, by Ken White

'The Gold Family of Chawton' lived in the village in the early 1800s and must have been known to Jane Austen. In March 1823, a letter was printed in the Hampshire Chronicle supporting William and Sarah Gold and not believing the 'malicious and scandalous reports' that they had 'starved the poor'. William was a bricklayer who did work on Jane Austen's Cottage and Chawton House. Eventually the family moved into Lenten Street in Alton before going to London.

'Alton's Funeral Procession for King Edward VII and the Proclamation' describes the events which took place 112 years before the death of his great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth. Illustrated with pictures of the time, it is the report from the Alton Gazette' which follows the procession to St Lawrence's Church and then, after a service, to Crown Close. There is a list of all those who took part ending with the programme for the Proclamation of the new King.

'Did Victorian Altonians Move Around?' poses a question which is often asked. The author has looked at the occupiers of dwellings along the main streets in Alton through the various census of Queen Victoria's reign. Different areas of Alton are considered and conclusions, which may surprise readers, drawn for each.

'3 and 5 High Street, Alton' looks at the history of these buildings from the mid-1740s (when they were erected) through almost 250 years. They were home to a variety of people including tailors, shoemakers, Alton's first commercial photographer, and the Stoodley family - watch and clock makers in the town for over 100 years.

'The Donkey Ladies' were well known in Alton for many years. Marjorie and Dorothy came to the area in about 1915 and their mother was a 'wardrobe dealer' in Normandy Street. Marjorie married Ernest Glasspool. He became disabled and so she transformed a Victorian bath chair into a carriage that could be pulled by Jenny the donkey. After Ernest's death, the sisters lived together and became known as 'The Donkey Ladies' as they were often seen with their beloved donkeys.

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