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Medieval farming

This paper analyses the history of farming in the hundred of East Meon over four hundred years, from the Domesday Book in 1086 to the end of the fifteenth century. At the start of the Middle Ages, the Winchester diocese exercised feudal rule over the peasant population and maintained detailed records of the produce, rents and taxes paid to the diocesan treasury each year and for two centuries farm productivity grew steadily and the population doubled, but the fourteenth century saw a worsening of climate and an increase in pestilence, culminating in the loss of one third of the population during the Black Death and social upheaval.

The River Meon and early dwellings in East Meon

The river Meon and early dwellings in East Meon

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Medieval farming in East Meon