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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.

The River Meon and early dwellings in East Meon

The river Meon and early dwellings in East Meon