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Jun 23, 2007 Dear Raymond, My husband and I took my cousin, who is 95 years old, around Tadley, Pamber Heath and surrounding villages where his family and my family used to live. Of course, every where now is built on - even the treacle mines. I joked with him it was a shame that we could no longer buy tin of treacle! Also by Burney Bit, his father had a piece of land for which he sold for 20 pounds. His father lived on it in an old train, which I can remember the guard's carriage was his living room and some carriages were the bedrooms. His name was Herbert Cripps (CRIPPS also in the family tree) and also a besom maker. Two things which were upsetting for my cousin: one was we could not find the Impstone by (I think) Impstone Road, which he told us it was alleged to have had three finger prints of the imp on it.
And also we could not find the pond which he told us that if a strange lad was going out with a local girl the local boys would throw him into this pond. I am wondering if you can tell me anything about this as you know quite a bit of history of Tadley, so I can pass it on to him? It seems such a shame that his knowledge of Tadley and the surrounding villages will be lost. As I have never lived there, I have no idea what is true or not about the legends but I am very intrigued. Yours sincerely,
This is one of the houses we went to find no longer looking like this and where the besoms were made - a house has been built on the land. These people are the Mongers and the Cripps. Jane nee West with second husband William Monger and their children.
Dear Mollie, Here is the answer to your questions:
THE POND AT PAMBER HEATH This existed up to about the 1960s and was located at what is now the end of Valley Way (a cul-de-sac). It was last sited on land that was part of Cherry Tree Farm, which was run by the Chapman family. The pond was fed from a spring which originated in what is now the Ilex Close area. It use to trickle down to the pond and the water then went into a small stream running through The Glen area. A house now stands on the site of the pond - presumably they put some drainage in to allow building there.
THE IMPSTONE The Impstone still stands at the junction of Impstone Road and Silchester Road - opposite the entrance of Impstone Road on Silchester Road. Perhaps you were not sure of its location. My understanding is that there are no markings on it.