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Alton
The village sign, Alton - geograph.org.uk - 1600803.jpg
Village sign
Population 1,226 (2011)
OS grid reference SK073422
District
  • Staffordshire Moorlands
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Stoke-on-Trent
Postcode district ST10
Dialling code 01538
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
  • Staffordshire Moorlands
List of places
UK
England
Staffordshire
52°58′37″N 1°53′24″W / 52.977°N 1.890°W / 52.977; -1.890Coordinates: 52°58′37″N 1°53′24″W / 52.977°N 1.890°W / 52.977; -1.890

Alton is a village in Staffordshire, England, The village is noted for the theme park Alton Towers, built around the site of Alton Mansion, which was owned by the Earls of Shrewsbury, and designed by Augustus Pugin. In the 1914 map by Whiston, there were copper works in the village.

The village is on the eastern side of the Churnet. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and contains numerous buildings of architectural interest; the Round-House, Alton Castle (now a Catholic youth retreat centre), St Peter's Church, The Malt House, St John's Church and Alton Towers.

Alton was served by the Alton railway station which was opened by the North Staffordshire Railway on 13 July 1849 and closed in the 1960s.

The Chained Oak in Alton has been made famous by the ride Hex – The Legend of the Towers at Alton Towers and the legend involving the Earl of Shrewsbury.

High Street and the Black Bull, Alton - geograph.org.uk - 1600840
High Street, Alton
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