Old Alresford

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Old Alresford
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Stream on the village green at Old Alresford, Hampshire
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Old Alresford
Location within Hampshire
Population599  [1]
OS grid reference SU5832
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ALRESFORD
Postcode district SO24
Dialling code 01962
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51°06′07″N1°09′50″W / 51.1019°N 1.164°W / 51.1019; -1.164 Coordinates: 51°06′07″N1°09′50″W / 51.1019°N 1.164°W / 51.1019; -1.164

Old Alresford ( /ˈɒlzfərd/ OLZ-fərd or /ˈɔːlzfərd/ AWLZ-fərd) is a village and civil parish in Hampshire, England. It is 1 km (0.6 miles) north of the town of New Alresford, 12 km (7 miles) northeast of the city of Winchester, and 14 km (9 miles) south-west of the town of Alton.

Alresford Pond south of the village Alresford pond.jpg
Alresford Pond south of the village

Alresford Pond is a large water feature south of Old Alresford and north of New Alresford.

In 1851, George Sumner, son of Charles Richard Sumner (Bishop of Winchester), became rector of the parish. There his wife, Mary Sumner, started the Mothers' Union, now a global organisation of Anglican women. [2] The first meetings were held in the rectory, now a conference centre known as Old Alresford Place.

In 1986, following the closure of the village school and post office, The Old Alresford Dramatic Society (T.O.A.D.S.) was founded [3] as a way of bringing the village together. They perform a pantomime in December each year and a Spring Show, usually in May.

St Mary the Virgin parish church is a brick building dating from the 1750s. The naval hero George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, is buried in the church. [2] His family seat, Old Alresford House, is next to the church. Also in the churchyard is the mausoleum of C. F. G. R. Schwerdt, an art collector, who died in 1939. [4]

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References

  1. Census data
  2. 1 2 Mee, Arthur (1967). Long, E T (ed.). The King's England, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight. London: Hodder and Stoughton. p. 8.
  3. The Old Alresford Dramatic Society website
  4. "C F G R Schwerdt". British Museum. Retrieved 16 September 2021.