The many ponds in and around Hartley Wintney are a legacy to the fact that the location of the main village as we know it today was marshland in the medieval ages. Subsequently drovers used the ponds for their cattle for watering and washing.
In addition to those featured below, others include Turnpike Pond, Vicarage Hill Pond, James Farm Pond, Thackhams Lane Pond and the pond at Hunts Common. For some, ‘pond’ maybe something of a misnomer as little if any surface water is evident!
The picturesque and popular Causeway Pond, situated opposite the Causeway Farm farmhouse, is one of the most visited of our village ponds and remains one of the most charming attractions of the village with its abundant bird population.
Dilly Pond is probably the last remaining feature of the medieval village which was centred around St Mary’s Church some half a mile away from what is now Hartley Wintney High Street. Old pictures show it as a watering hole for cattle, a role it played for several centuries until it was bypassed by the precursor to the A30.
Unfortunately, at the time if writing (August 2020), Hattons Pond has become a shadow of its former self. The pond had become heavily polluted and major remedial work is required to restore it to its former glory. This work is high on the Parish Council’s list of priorities but the work can only go forward with the active help of Hart District Council which has inevitably been hampered by the Covid 19 pandemic.
Jolly Farmer Pond
This is a delightful pond with its own duck house tucked away in the corner between Thackhams Lane and the A30 just beyond the traffic lights as you approach the village from Hook.