Old Alresford

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Old Alresford
Old Alresford is located in Hampshire
Old Alresford
Old Alresford
Old Alresford shown within Hampshire
Population 599 [1]
OS grid reference SU5832
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SO24
Dialling code 01962
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°06′07″N 1°09′50″W / 51.1019°N 1.164°W / 51.1019; -1.164Coordinates: 51°06′07″N 1°09′50″W / 51.1019°N 1.164°W / 51.1019; -1.164

Old Alresford 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[2] 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 is next to the church.


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