Alton Removals

Alton Removals

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    Family Owned 
Business Est. 1857

    Family Owned
    Business Est. 1857

    British Association
of Removers

    British Association
    of Removers

    Member of The 
Armishaws Group

    Member of The
    Armishaws Group

    Our Alton Removals Service Includes…  

    • Uniformed Crew
      Uniformed Crew
      Our trained crews are DBS checked and carry photo ID.
    • Mileage
      Mileage
      There are no hidden costs. All our quotes include mileage.
    • Goods in Transit Cover
      Goods in Transit Cover
      Restricted liability is provided as standard.*
    • Robe Cartons
      Robe Cartons
      Clothes travel in style in our robe cartons.
    • Covers & Blankets
      Covers & Blankets
      Slot-on, padded covers protect white goods and furniture.
    • Carbon Footprint Offsetting
      Carbon Footprint Offsetting
      To offset carbon emissions we’re planting 2,000 trees.
    • Used Box Recycling Service
      Used Box Recycling Service
      We’ll collect your flat boxes for recycling (or reuse).**
    • Recycled Materials
      Recycled Materials
      We use recycled/recyclable materials where possible.
    • Biodegradable Mattress Bags
      Biodegradable Mattress Bags
      Mattress bags are used once, then recycled.
    • Carpet Runners
      Carpet Runners
      Floor protection is available for both locations.**

    *Other options are available.
    **Fees may apply.

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    Why our customers trust our Alton removals…

    5 Quickfire Alton Facts

    1. Hoppy Beerday
      The region’s warm climate and rich soil make it perfect for brewing hops. As a result, there’s a long tradition of breweries around Alton. In recent times there’s been trend for local beers and micro-breweries bringing back brewing. We’ll drink to that!
    2. Battle of Alton
      In 1643 royalist forces of cavalry and infantry were attacked by 5,000 parliamentarian troops during the English Civil War. The Earl of Crawford ran from the fight taking the cavalry with him leaving 700 infantrymen who were driven back to St Lawrence Church. Today you can still see the marks in the church left by musket balls as the soldiers put up a heroic defence in what was described as one of the “most savage encounters” of the war.
    3. Jane Austen
      Jane Austen lived and grew up in Chawton, 1 mile from Alton. She completed 5 of her novels here and there’s a heritage walk that takes in sites from her youth and ends at the Austen family home.
    4. Sweet Fanny Adams
      The terrible tale of 8-year old Fanny Adams begins in 1867 with her gruesome murder. Her body was dismembered and buried in a hop field by local solicitor’s cleck Frederick Baker. It became headline news, gripping the nation and in typical dark humoured fashion the Royal Navy took the name ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’ to refer to their new, hugely unpopular tinned meat rations. The tins often had little meat and so sweet FA came to mean ‘very little’.
    5. Alton Hoard
      In 1996 just days apart in two separate locations, two local metal detectorists unearthed, 256 Roman coins, a gold ring and bracelet on farmland just outside Alton. The finds that date back to between 50 BC to 50 AD were given a value of approximately £350,000. Kertching!

    Useful Alton Links & Information

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    Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Alton was 18,261.

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    Local Council – Find information, contact details and updates from Alton Town Council here.

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    Nearest Tip – View opening times and location of your nearest Waste & Recycling Centre.

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    Newspaper – “Read all about it!” Get local news online from the Alton Herald.

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    Schools – View the latest Alton schools Ofsted reports.

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    Weather – Be prepared for your moving day whatever the Alton weather forecast says.

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    Museum – Discover a little more about Alton history at the Curtis Museum.

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    See what Over’s customers are saying…

    Darryn and Kyle, the two removal men were just brilliant in carrying out their duties. Nothing was too much trouble. They are an asset to your company and great Ambassadors for your business. My wife and I felt on occasions they went above and beyond the normal service and went out of their way to help ease the process and stress of moving.

    - Andy Cookson – June 2021

    The two crew movers that moved me are exceptional. Polite, hardworking, and professional. Nothing was too much, no problems or complaints. They packed, moved me out, and moved me in. Constantly ensuring everything was where I wanted it and fine tune placement of my items. I could not have moved in without their, and the team at Armishaws efforts. Thank you for getting (injured) me, and my family in our new home safe and complete.

    - Alan Edmunds - June 2021

    Excellent removals experience on a two day local move in Somerset. Despite hail, the removals men did a fantastic job, and kept a sense of humour throughout. Nothing was too much trouble putting things where we wanted them in various sheds when we arrived. Toby and Ben made the experience SO much more fun, and less stressful. Cannot recommend them too highly.

    - Helen Williams – May 2021

    Early Days

    Anyone moving to Alton might not on first inspection think the town hid such a turbulent and brutal past, but picturesque Alton has been at the centre of some remarkable and even grizzly events.

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    The first settlement was Anglo-Saxon in origin and the name Alton stems from the Anglo-Saxon tongue meaning ‘the village near a spring’. In 1995 two local metal detectorists searching nearby farmland uncovered the ‘Alton Hoard’, 256 gold slaters dating back to the Iron Age and depicting the head of Tincomarus (the name translates as ‘the big fish’), an early chieftain. At the time the hoard was valued at over £250,000.

    11th Century

    In 1001 the first Battle of Alton occurred when a great Viking army was met by the forces of Wessex. The larger Danish force won despite suffering more casualties and the men of Wessex fled to their stronghold at Winchester.

    60 years later, with Viking dominance on the wane, the Normans (who were themselves descended from Viking settlers) claimed the English throne and in 1086 Alton was important enough to appear in William the Conqueror’s record of England, the Domesday Book.

    After William’s son William Rufus died, (the hugely unpopular William was shot in the back by an arrow in a hunting ‘accident’ in the New Forest), his brother Henry who was with him raced to Winchester and declared himself King. A third brother, Robert Duke of Normandy wasn’t happy. Robert had been fighting a crusade in the Holy Land but was considered by many as the next in line to the throne. When he returned to England Henry had already cemented his place as King and had the support of the nobles. The two men met at Alton and signed a treaty, Henry would give his brother his lands in Normandy and 3,000 marks a year. But just a year later Henry invaded Normandy, defeated his brother and threw him in prison where he died. Not the finest example of ‘brotherly love’.

    13th Century

    By the 13th century, Alton was a bustling market town and in 1307 was granted a charter to hold a fair. This annual trade event made it an important settlement bringing wealthy merchants to the town. Trading sheep, brewing beer, weaving, all brought prosperity and peace over the next 3 centuries, until once again things kicked off.

    On the 13th of December 1643, during the English Civil War, Royalist troops under the command of Lord Crawford were occupying Alton. Crawford’s men watched the main roads for signs of the enemy but a Parliamentary force of 5,000 men led by William Waller had the temerity (and wits) to travel on smaller roads and attacked the town. Crawford and his cavalry fled leaving Sir Richard Bolle and over 700 infantrymen trapped in St Lawrence’s Church, surrounded and besieged. Despite putting up a fight, Sir Richard’s men were forced to surrender, the church still bears scars and bullet holes from the battle. Two decades later the town was struck by the Plague and a number of the population, which had reached over 1,000, perished.

    19th Century

    By 1851 the population had recovered and surpassed 3,500, it would reach 5,000 by 1900. Alton had built a reputation for making paper, an industry that required large amounts of water, fed from the river. In 1865 the railway arrived, bringing goods and passengers passing on their way between London and Southampton.

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    Worth mentioning are two notable residents who became famous for very different reasons. The first was Jane Austen who wrote a number of her novels while living in the town. Her house is now a visitor centre. The second was 8-year-old Fanny Adams. Adams was brutally murdered in 1867 by local clerk Frederick Baker. The sensationalist daily newspapers reported (in grizzly detail) how her body was found dismembered. By coincidence the navy (never ones to shun a dark joke) weren’t happy about the invention of new tinned rations containing meat of dubious provenance. The sailors soon took to referring to the meat, or lack of it, as ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’. Her grave lies in Alton Cemetery.

    Alton Removals Company
    Whether you are moving to or from Alton, or beyond, we pride ourselves on making the experience as hassle-free and streamlined as possible. With over 160 years of experience as a leading UK removal company, our personable, expert removals team will take the stress out of moving home or office.

    The benefits of hiring a local removals firm in Alton.

    • Employing a local removals company in Alton means we spend less travelling time to your residence.
    • Unrivalled geographical knowledge of Alton & the surrounding areas.
    • We know the traffic flow, best times of day to move and where to park.
    • We offer overnight storage (or for as long as you require) at our nearby Hampshire-based storage facilities.
    • Our size allows us to be more competitive than many other local removal companies across Hampshire, Surrey & Berkshire
    • Free removal estimates and removals advice before, during and after your move!
    • We employ local people doing local work

    Secure Household Storage in Alton
    Are you a homeowner requiring long or short term household storage for furniture and personal effects for which you no longer have room? Do you need secure flexible household storage at short notice, with the minimum of fuss?

    With our multiple, large, secure purpose-built Hampshire storage facilities located in Aldershot, Farnborough and Petersfield, we can cater for all your storage needs. We can also arrange to collect and storage your belongings on your behalf. Please visit our Storage Service for further details.

    Why use Over’s for your storage needs?

    • Our household & commercial storage prices are cheaper than most other storage facilities in Hampshire and Surrey
    • Flexible storage – we can even deliver, collect and store your belongings for you
    • Friendly staff available on site: our experienced warehouse staff will be on hand to assist customers with packaging, loading and unloading.
    • Our facilities incorporate the latest sophisticated fire and security systems

    Of course, it’s not just the calibre of our personnel that matters. We are also proud of our modern fleet of specialised removal vehicles, lifting equipment, packaging and dedicated storage facilities to help us best cater to all your storage requirements.

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