USAAF dedication to the people of Tadley

On 6 June 1997 a plaque, dedicated to the people of Tadley, hosts to the USAAF during WW II, was erected at Blake’s Lane, on the south wall of the Toucan Travel building. This plaque was initiated and designed by Gordon Timmins, MOD police dog handler and local […]

Tadley and the Parliament Fart

Henry Ludlow (1577 – 1639) who lived locally in Tadley Place, was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons [1] between 1601 and 1611.    During the Speaker’s address Henry let out a resounding fart. The House erupted in laughter. And then, so it seems, […]

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  […]

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 ‘Roman Roads in Britain’ 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 road […]

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 […]