The name means the ‘dene of the pagans’ and is a landmark at or near the most south-east point of the boundary of Nursling. It is mentioned in the land charter of 877 and identified by O.G.S. Crawford as the crossing of Tanner's Brook immediately north of Aldermoor Road. L.A. Burgess believed a more probable identification would equate this landmark with Poplar's Oak near the south-west end of the Sports Centre, since this is at once a main turning point in the boundary and marked by a "sacred tree".
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