Tadley folklore – Did Tarzan ever visit Tadley?

As a local history society we are interested in local folklore that includes oral traditions such as tales, proverbs and even jokes passed down through the generations.  Family stories have been an interesting source of  local history information over the years, When we hear a new one we  […]

Underground Architecture

  The image above is Sudbury Town Tube Station London. London Underground Piccadilly Line station designed by Charles Holden in a modern European style. 1931. The Grade II* listed building was described by Pevsner as “an outstanding example of how satisfying such unpretentious buildings can be, purely through […]

Never had it so good

On  16th Sep 2020 Colin Oakes gave an online talk entitled “Never had it so good”   Colin Oakes is an archaeologist and a London guide who has significant knowledge of London’s history and  superb delivery skills. In the past he has talked about Dickens’ Childhood, The London […]

Jane Austen and the Military – Recent Online Talk

Tadley and District History Society provides monthly external talks on history related topics at 8 pm on the third Wednesday of the month.  This months online talk on Aug 19th 2020 was  by Rupert Mathews. Rupert had come up with what might seem a very strange slant on […]

“Putting Tadley on the map: from Gough to Google.” By John Leighfield

Recent online meeting  17th June 2020 We were  very pleased to have John Percival Leighfield CBE provide our June  talk.  He has a passion for maps since his schooldays and discussed, in a highly illustrated talk, how maps have developed from the 14th century until the present day. […]

Medieval Tadley Ring

Medieval gold ring with a blue stone dating to the late C13th-early C14th This medieval gold ring with a blue stone dating to the late C13th-early C14th was found in Tadley (location unknown). The slender highly decorated hoop is divided into many facets creating lozenge fields into which […]

The Roman Portway

Contents Introduction Ivan D Margary’s’ Roman Roads in Britain’ was published in 1955. Maps of Portway Roman Roads in Britain by Thomas Codrington Are Portway locations on the OS maps correct? Reading University at Silchester Alex Flahive  The Old Road LIDAR References Introduction The Portway is a 58 km […]

From metal rods to Spitfire Production

On the 6th of May 2020  Martyn Rowlands  posted on our Facebook Group: Hi everyone, the recent ground clearance of the common near Wigmore Park has unearthed some interesting metal stakes which I assume are parts of a boundary fence. Was this part of the old airfield?   […]

Heather Mediaeval Project

  Document Archive. Heather Lawn was the lead person on the Medieval Village Project with support from Carol Steven’s, Ian burn and Neil Forde. Data from this part of the project can be found in the link above.       DH Report     How old is […]

Tadley Medieval Village Project

Document Archive   Timeline of Tadley & St Peter’s Church Archaeology Medieval Documents with mention of Tadley.  Other relevant documents inc. Heather’s research St Peter’s Church Portway Significance Medieval Village Research (Heather) Hampshire Archivists input Maps and Lidar Role of Detached Villages Conclusions   Introduction Tadley is designated […]

Does anybody remember the “1944 Air-Crash” in Tadley?

In 2016, the Railway and and Canal Historical Society (https://www.rchs.org.uk)  published:  “Occasional Paper 2nd Series No. 336 – The Tadley Mustang“   The paper refers to an air-crash near Tadley in 1944 during WWII. A Mustang aircraft crashed almost vertically into the ground, It has never been fully […]

VE Day 75th Anniversary

VE Day – 8 May 1945 Life in Tadley during World War II Wartime memories of Tadley The Americans in Tadley during World War II   Tadley War Memorial – World War II 32 Leading Steward W P Barlow 33 Ordinary Seaman S Bowman 34 Aircraftman 2nd Class […]

Ebook about RMS Titanic

This ebook was given to TADS during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown by the author Rupert Matthews, an established public speaker, school visitor, history consultant and author of non-fiction books, magazine articles and newspaper columns. Rupert thought that TADS members might like to have a PDF copy of his […]

Photos of Tadley

Photos of Tadley, was a sister website that had over 600 photos of Tadley from the early 1900s through to the present day underwent a review in Autumn 2014 and  unfortunately, became unavailable to the public. TADS is in the process of reconstructing the contents of site at […]

Jimi Thatcher Photos

Jimmy Thatcher – local photographer The photographs displayed here were taken by photographer James ‘Jimmy’ Thatcher (1851- 1941) who lived the latter part of his life in New Road, Tadley. Assisted by one of his daughters, Amelia, he toured the lanes with his tripod strapped to the crossbar […]