In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Alton like this:
Alton, par. and market town, in above, 58 miles SW. of London by rail, 3925 ac., pop. 4497; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Tuesday. It has extensive breweries and a paper-mill.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Alton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of East Hampshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Alton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Alton in East Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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