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Farming in the Valley project

Fields in the valley above East Meon

Fields in the valley above East Meon

From Saxon times, East Meon was the largest manor and land-holding in Hampshire of the Diocese of Winchester. The hundred and parish reached the West Sussex border and even included tithings within Sussex. In 1986, the village was chosen by Hampshire’s Museum Service and the Sunday Times as the ‘Domesday Village’, and a display model built of the Norman settlement for an exhibition in Winchester’s Great Hall.

In 2016, East Meon History Group embarked on an ambitious project to research the history of agriculture in the parish. Volunteers undertook to research periods from the Iron Age to the 20th century, estates and farms, or themes, such as rural migration or farm architecture. The results of their research will be published as printed reports, delivered as papers to meetings of the History Group and in exhibitions to be mounted in East Meon’s historic Court Hall.

To create maps which will illustrate the research, the Group was awarded £9,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Cartographers have been engaged who will produce up to 20 maps and plans of the parish through the ages. An interactive version of the maps is being developed as a teaching aid for the East Meon Church of England Primary School.