Researching ‘Farming the Valley’ also involved a number of themes which run through the history of East Meon. along with some isolated episodes. These reports are available as PDFs:

Early photo of East Meon Smithy

The Forge in 1909, master blacksmith Jim Hobbs fourth from left.

Blacksmiths. History of farriers & blacksmiths in East Meon from medieval times to the 21st century. For PDF, click here.

Army map showing positions of two Aldershot Divisions in the Mean Valley, 1891.

Autumn manoeuvres 1891. Based on the contemporary account of two divisions of Aldershot Camp which conducted their annual manoeuvres in East & West Meon. For PDF click here.

Primitive Methodist congregation in 1893.


Non-conformism in East Meon.In the mid-19th century there were 3 non-conformist chapels in East Meon, following the rise of dissenting religions among working men and tradesmen. For PDF of first draft, click here.

The rise of Non-Conformity  in the Ramsdean, Lanrish & Stroud Tithings of East Meon in the 19th century. Similarly, non-conformism spread throughout the outer tithings of East Meon parish. For PDF, click here

East Meon National School in the late 19th century.

Male Rural Migration from East Meon in the mid-19th century. Analyis of the numbers of men who were forced to seek work outside the Hundred. For PDF click here.

East Meon National School. Founded in 1845, this was the predecessor of today’s Church of England Primary School (and more information its available in Historic Buildings). Extracts from the school’s Log Books from 1863 – 1964 can be accessed as a PDF, click here.

World War II Home Guard

Memories of Wartime East Meon. In 1995,  Jonathan Culley interviewed villagers who had lived in East Meon during World War II and transcribed them to produce this collection of first-hand reports. For PDF click here.




The Development of Kews Meadow. In 1999, East Meon published its Village Design Statement, and two years later development began of the large open space by the Village Hall. For PDF click here.

The Green is the result of a controversial development of what was Kews Meadow.