Introduction to TADS

Tadley and District History Society

Tadley and District History Society (TADS) was founded in 1984 for people with an interest in local social history, and in the broader scope of history and natural history. The first speaker to the Society was Arthur Attwood, the Basingstoke journalist and historian, who gave a talk on 30 January 1985 entitled ‘The History of Basingstoke’.


TADS organises monthly evening talks, starting at 8.00 pm, on the 2nd Monday of each month (except August). From 2023 the talks are held at Heath End Village Hall, Heath End Road, Baughurst. Over the years we have had a wide range of topics including Gilbert White, the gardener, Padworth House and the history of Silchester Roman town.


TADS has published several books and pamphlets on Tadley and the surrounding area. Details of those publications still in print together with prices and where they may be obtained are listed on the Publications page of this website. 

Research and projects

As well as the monthly programme of speaker meetings, TADS also has an active programme of research activities, co-ordinated by the TADS Project Group. Current projects the group are researching include seeking to find where the original village of Tadley was located. Please note, unfortunately, TADS can not undertake research for non-members.

News and information

TADS members receive a monthly electronic newsletter; copies of back issues may be accessed on the TADS website.


The TADS website contains a wealth of local material, both current and historical, as well as on-going research material and past newsletters. Please refer to it for news and information on TADS activities.


The current annual subscription to the society is £20.00. Visitors are welcome at speaker meetings (£3.00 per meeting).

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