Stream on the village green at Old Alresford, Hampshire
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Old Alresford (// OLZ-fərd or // 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) north-east of the city of Winchester, and 20 km (12 miles) south-west of the town of Alton.
During the late 18th century, Alresford Cricket Club was one of the strongest sides in England.
In 1851, George Sumner, son of the Bishop of Winchester, Charles Richard Sumner, became rector of the village. There his wife, Mary Sumner, started the now global Mothers' Union organisation of Anglican women.
In 1986, following the closure of the village school and post office, The Old Alresford Dramatic Society (T.O.A.D.S.) was founded as a way of bringing the village together. They perform a pantomime in December each year and a Spring Show, usually in May.
The naval hero George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, was buried in the church of St Mary the Virgin in Old Alresford. The battleship HMS Rodney, which helped sink the Bismarck, was named after him. His family seat, Old Alresford House, is next to the church.
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