We are delighted to announce that our Alton office has recently been awarded an historical blue plaque.
The plaque signifies that between 1770 - 1849 our Alton office was the home of William Curtis, Surgeon Apothecary to literary favourite Jane Austen. The Alton Apothy was included in Austen’s last surviving letter before her death in July 1817. It has been mused that Curtis could have been the inspiration for the character of Mr Perry, the apothecary in her book Emma, as both men were said to be intelligent and gentlemanly.
The plaque goes on to add that Mr Curtis’ son, also William Curtis, and founder of the Curtis Museum in Alton, lived at the address between 1803 – 1881. The Curtis Museum is home to one of the best local history collections in Hampshire, exploring the area’s rich historical past.