Visit New Alresford and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Alresford. Hampshire. Old and New Alresford are separated by less than a mile, and between them lies all that is left of Bishop Godfrey de Lucy's splendid reservoir, Alresford Pond, which was built in the 12th century to make the River lichen navigable from Southampton to Bishops Sutton just near here. It is crossed by a causeway, and was reputed in the 18th century, to be a good place for eels. There are extensive watercress beds here.
New Alresford is a pleasant market town, which before the Conquest belonged to the Bishops of Winchester. There has been new development, and there are few very old houses since a succession of fires swept through in the 17th and 18th centuries. The most pleasing architecture is to be found in and near Broad Street, which is as wide as its name implies. Here, as a plaque states, Mary Russell Mitford, author of Our Village, was born, and at the bottom of the street there is an old medieval bridge. Alresford church is 19th-century, in Perpendicular style, and contains two Anglo-Saxon roods. The gravestones include some to Napoleonic prisoners of war.
Old Alresford is smaller, a pleasant village with a stream running through the green. The church, on the way to New Alresford, was rebuilt in the 18th century. and transepts added in the 19th.
Nearby cities: Winchester
Nearby towns: Alton, Basingstoke
Nearby villags: Abbotstone, Bramdean, Cheriton, Four Marks, Ichen Stoke, Northington
Have you decided to visit New Alresford or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a New Alresford bed and breakfast (a New Alresford B&B or New Alresford b and b)
- a New Alresford guesthouse
- a New Alresford hotel (or motel)
- a New Alresford self-catering establishment, or
- other New Alresford accommodation