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Life in East Meon

The village workhouse was built in the 1720s and would have resembled its neighbours, Kews and Paupers Cottages.

Early modern East Meon saw extremes of poverty and wealth, as absentee landlords took possession of the leases of most of the land and buildings  and successful farmers prospered but plague and famine continued to afflict the poorest residents. The parish looked after its ‘settled’ poor and East Meon’s workhouse provided accommodation and occupations for its ‘goodmen’ and ‘good women’. Vagrant poor, on the other hand, were moved on relentlessly for fear they took advantage of the village’s support.