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This website is provided by the Yateley Society as a public service. The content is the copyright of the Yateley Society and the authors. You may copy the content freely, but all we require is that you acknowledge the source as the Yateley Society. The Society is a Civic Trust which is a registered charity. One of the four object clauses of its constitution is to educate the public in the geography, history, natural history and architecture of the area of benefit. Publication of the Society's research on this website helps to fulfil its charitable objectives.



Yateley's myths and legends have captured the imagination of generations of Yateley folk. We started to research the most wellknown in the autumn of 1998, covering topics from pre-history to the 20th century, both about Yateley's past and our present flora and fauna. Our mission was to prove each story TRUE or FALSE.


We called the exhibition Yateley: Fact and Fiction, and initially intended to mount it at the May Fayre. But in early 1999 the Yateley Society was asked to mount a local history exhibition in Yateley Library and provide a talk to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Hampshire Library Service in Yateley.


The ever expanding exhibition was displayed three times: from July 1999 at an open day at Yateley Industries, to mid 2000 in St Peter's Church as part of their Millennium Flower Festival. It was displayed in Yateley Library for five weeks in September and October 1999.


This website will initially consist of the text from the display cards written for these Yateley: Fact and Fiction exhibitions. Of course there are some revisions in the light of new research. Other topics are being added, but there is still a long list of topics still to be started.


If you are interested in contributing to the continuing research please let us know. On the other hand if you have a question about Yateley's past which you think will be of general interest just put it to us....



There are four ways to access the material on this website:


  • USING THE SIDEBAR: Just click on the title of the article. When you get to the end click on TIME LINE to go to the next article in chronological order, or continue to use the SideBar to use the website like a magazine.


  • USING THE SEARCH ENGINE: Try typing in fish then , then reading the articles in the results


  • IN DATE ORDER: For those of you who would like to read your history in a more conventional way, in date to order starting in prehistory and ending up at the present day click on Time Line. You will find a Time Line link at the end of each article. Click on Time Line to find the next article.


  • THE ORIGINAL EXHIBITIONS & TALKS: Material from other Society exhibitions and talks is slowly being added to the website. To access a list of all the articles in all the Society's recent Local History Exhibitions or Library Lectures click on the links below. Links will become active as new materal is added.


Time Line

Local History Exhibitions

Local History Library Lectures


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