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ALTON, urban district, Hampshire, England, 461m. S.W. of London by the S.R. Population (1931) 6,172. It occupies a pleas ant, undulating site near the headwaters of the river Wey. Of the church of St. Lawrence, part, including the tower, is Norman; the building was the scene of a fierce conflict between the royalist and parliamentary troops in 1643. There is a museum of natural history; the collection is reminiscent of the famous naturalist, Gilbert White, of Selborne in this vicinity. Large markets and fairs are held for corn, hops, cattle and sheep; and the town con tains tome breweries and iron foundries.

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