The Butts, Alton

An open space for informal pursuits and visits of travelling fairs

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The Butts,
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At the western end of the town forming a triangle by the Winchester Road and the railway is The Butts. In former times this pleasant stretch of grass was used for archery practice. Today it is an open space for informal pursuits and visits of travelling fairs.

Edged with shading chestnuts and bench seats beneath, it brings to this end of the town something of the atmosphere of the traditional village green.
The Butts was for 99 years leased to Alton by the Lord of the Manor of Westbrook but in 1981, he gave The Butts to Alton Town Council. This generous gesture was very much appreciated and has been commemorated by the erection of a stone plinth, sponsored by the Alton Herald.

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