Venture into the past
Frensham Little Pond was created in the 13th century, when the Plantagenet King Henry III was on the English throne.
The pond still looks roughly the same today but it has had many owners and uses...
How was the pond formed?
The Little Pond was formed by building an ironstone wall (you can still see some of the original stonework near the sluice gate) across a shallow valley and damming a stream entering the southern end of the pond, which came from a spring in the grounds of Silverbeck, Churt. The pond is also fed by springs which rise near the Devil’s Jumps, a series of conical shaped ironstone hills.
Who created the pond?
Did you know?
- Frensham Little Pond was formerly known as Tancred’s Mere or, in some ancient plans, Crowfoot Pond
- The pond covers 37 acres
- The dam is around 80m in length
- The dam was built of ironstone from the Farnham area
- The dam was renovated in 2013
Owners of the pond
- 1246 – 1888: The See of Winchester and then the Ecclesiastical Commissioners
- 1888: Mr R H Combe of Pierrepont House
- Second World War: Major A E Alnatt
- 1949 – 1974: Mr S D Atherton