New Alresford

There are in fact two Alresfords in Hampshire that are about half a mile apart. Old Alresford was mentioned in the Domesday Book, while the relative newcomer New Alresford was founded in the 12-13th century and is the larger of the two. New Alresford is a picturesque market town with significant amounts of Georgian buildings. This was largely due to the town having to be rebuilt after a fire devastated over 100 buildings in 1689. Situated next to the River Itchen, New Alresford was largely involved in the wool trade, but is also involved in watercress farming. There is a small steam railway named the Watercress Line that runs for 10 miles between Alresford and Alton.
New Alresford is an intersting town to vist, with some good hotels and tea rooms.