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 (  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 […]

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 […]

TADS balloon logo ?

For many miles around Tadley people refer to this village, with a knowing smile, as ‘Tadley God Help Us’, Why? Many years ago a balloon made an unplanned descent in a clearing in Pamber Forest. The occupants of the balloon asked of a small group of forest workers, […]

TADS Activities …

TADS used to keep a pictorial record of all its significant events. Here are  a few examples from the first decade of the new century:   Publication launch of Florence Davidson’s book, May 2008 __________________________________   Project group research day, October 2007 The project group collecting material for […]

1990 Talk – St Thomas’ Home for the Friendless and Fallen.

 TADS Newsletter April 2020 All previous TADS newsletters are available here Basingstoke’s House for Fallen Women by John Fisher This title conjures up all sorts of ideas and to have one in Basingstoke seems even more unlikely, but at  the TADS Meeting in September 1990,  Mr. John Fisher […]

The Passenger with Cody

William Henry Brereton Evans (29 January 1883 – 7 August 1913) Samuel Franklin Cody (6 March 1867 – 7 August 1913) was an American Wild West showman and early pioneer of manned flight. Amongst his claims to fame Cody was the first man to fly an aeroplane in Britain, on […]

Offline Births, Marriages & Deaths

Births, deaths and marriages TADS holds hard copies of births, deaths and marriages for: Church of England Tadley records from 1683, including St Peter’s, Little St Mary’s, St Saviour’s, St Paul’s. Silchester St Mary’s records from 1653. Baughurst St Stephen’s records from 1678. Pamber Priory records from 1661. Ramsdell Christ Church records from 1869. Wolverton St […]

Past Talk: “William Gill, a Victorian Explorer and Spy.”

TADS Online Talk held at 8pm on Wed 6th May 2020.   By Tony Hadland   May 2020 Newsletter – Review of the Talk   Tony’s book about William Gill is now out of print, but it may be downloaded as a pdf from Tony’s website . […]


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Mulford’s Hill

Ever wondered who Tadley Mulford’s Hill was named after?   John Mulford was born on the 1st October 1720. His name is perpetuated in the local street name, Mulford’s Hill.  While no longer a commonly used name, the metal Mulford’s Bridge (601 616), still exists where the A340 […]