Old Alresford

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Old Alresford
Village
Stream on the green at Old Alresford (geograph 5726699).jpg
Stream on the village green at Old Alresford, Hampshire
Old Alresford is located in Hampshire
Old Alresford
Old Alresford
Location within Hampshire
Population599 [1]
OS grid referenceSU5832
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townALRESFORD
Postcode districtSO24
Dialling code01962
PoliceHampshire
FireHampshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire
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 (/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 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.[citation needed]

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. 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[2] 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. 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 1931.

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