Anglo Saxon East Meon (450 – 1066 AD)
From “Anglo Saxon Farming in East Meon Hundred’ by Ian Wesley
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In the immediate aftermath of the Romans’ departure, farming in Britain was freed from the demands of imperial armies, elites, and towns; large-scale cereal production was no longer required and farming reverted to pre-Roman times. Farmers went back to growing the crops that they themselves needed plus enough to support non-productive members of the local population. By the end of the Anglo-Saxon period something recognisable as “traditional English farming” had started and villages such as East Meon had been founded.