Medieval East Meon
From the Norman Conquest to the Reformation, East Meon Hundred was the largest estate of the Bishops of Winchester who were Lords of two Manors, Eastmene and Mene Ecclesia. The bishops drew income from the land they farmed in demesne, rents from tenant farmers and tithes of one tenth of their produce, which they repaid by building the magnificent All Saints Church and Court Hall.
All Saints Church was the hub of a parish which included Froxfield, Steep and part of West Sussex; the Court Hall was the headquarters from which the diocese managed its tenants and serfs.
This section is drawn from a number of longer research reports which contain references and appendices with transcripts of selected sources. They can be downloaded as PDFs.
Medieval Farming in East Meon
This paper covers in greater detail the subject area of this section. For PDF click here.
A Short History of All Saints
The architecture of this magnificent building and its place in the community from Norman times to the 21st century. For PDF click here
Farm buildings of East Meon
Farm buildings reflect changes in agricultural practice across the centuries. For PDF click here