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Farming the Valley

The medieval hundred of East Meon, which included Ambersham in Sussex (called ‘part of Hampshire’). For 1,000 years, the village was the centre of administration of the largest Hampshire estate of the bishops of Winchester

The medieval hundred of East Meon, which included Ambersham in Sussex (called ‘part of Hampshire’). For 1,000 years, the village was the centre of administration of the largest Hampshire estate of the bishops of Winchester

For two millennia, East Meon was an agricultural community, in which all other trades existed to support the farmers, their families and workers. In 2016 the History Group started a project researching the history of farming, and our findings form the basis of this report, which covers the periods from 10,000 BC to 2,000 AD. The medieval hundred embraced Steep, Froxfield and the tithing of Ambersham in West Sussex. Our research has concentrated on the bowl defined by the South Downs to the south of the village and, to the north, by the boundaries of Privett, Froxfield, and Steep.

“Farming the Valley” is an account of this history. Each chapter summarises the research into a period of our history; for those who require more information on any topic, there are  links to PDFs of more detailed research reports most of which contain references and source materials for our findings.