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Alton is a civil parish in the Englishmarker county of Wiltshiremarker. It comprises the 'twin' villages of Alton Barnes and Alton Priors, together with the nearby hamlet of Honeystreet on the Kennet and Avon Canalmarker.

It was possibly the site of a bloody defeat of a Saxon army led by Ceawlin in the year 592.

Local government

Alton is a civil parish with an elected parish council. It also falls within the area of the Wiltshire Council unitary authority, which is responsible for all significant local government functions.

In the census of 2002, the population of the parish was 229.



Nearby towns and cities: Devizesmarker, Marlboroughmarker, Swindonmarker, Salisburymarker

Nearby villages: Stanton St. Bernard, Wilcot, Pewseymarker, Woodboroughmarker, East Kennettmarker, Lockeridgemarker

Alton White Horse

There is a chalk hill figure which can be seen on Google Maps

The Wansdyke runs on the high downland, the Pewsey Downsmarker to the north.

Alton Barnes contains a small part-Saxon church dedicated to St. Mary.

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