Bacchus Pond

Probably dating from Medieval times when it was common practice to create ponds over a natural sping (rather than dig wells).  Its proximity to St Mary's Church indicates that Bacchus Pond was here at least from the beginning of the 14th century.

Despite the classical and romatic connections linked with its name, which would seem to indicate that the water tasted like wine from the Gods, in reality it probably got its name from Edward Bacchus, who was a local miller at the Grange Mill in the early 1700s.

The pond and surrounding vegetation has been designated a County Wildlife Site and has had Willow and Ash trees planted around the Eastern side and a Hawthorn hedge planted along the top of the Western Bank.  The trees and hedge provide good cover for nesting birds in summer such as Whitethroat, Blackcap and Reed Bunting.  There are also usually Moorhen, Mallard and Coots visiting the area, but they do not always nest. 

In summer Yellow Iris and Red Campion bring colour to the area as does the rare Spearwort.  In autumn there are Damsons on the trees at the top of the Eastern side.

The site is important for Amphibians Common Frog, Common Toad and both Smooth Newt and Great Crested Newt breeding in spring.

Bulrush has invaded the pond and one of the Council's future long term projects will be to restore the pond back to more open water.

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