Alton Grove is said to have earned its name in a rather quixotic manner. Pix Hurrell is reputed to have had a strong influence over street names during his time as Borough Engineer when he and planning officer Terry Flynn would toss names around, and then take them to the Council for ratification.
When Alton Grove was constructed in 1974 and a name was needed the engineer in Hurrell foresaw a problem. The street was small, and would need a small name to fit on maps. He could also see there was no pattern to the naming of streets in that area – neither a Bird Reserve nor a Governors Block to worry about – so he chose Alton, after a Nelson locality he had a fondness for!