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East Meon History Group

2017/18 Meeting Schedule

Tuesday October 17th

All Saints Church 7.30pm. History of All Saints Church.

Michael Blakstad

For 1,000 years, All Saints was parish church to the largest of the Hampshire estates of the Bishops of Winchester. In medieval times, the church was the centre of community life. King James I handed local government duties to the parish officials, which lasted until the 19th century. This talk will relate the history of the building, clergy and parishioners.

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Thursday 16th November

All Saints Church Hall. 7.30pm Annual General Meeting, followed by ‘Roman and Anglo-Saxon farming in the East Meon Hundred’

Betty and Ian Wesley

By the time the Romans arrived farming was well established in this area and had moved from subsistence to surplus. They brought improved organisation and stimulated growth in production to feed the growing population. After a period of “abatement” following the departure of the Romans, Anglo-Saxon farmers transformed the landscape and food production in England into something recognisable as the beginnings of “traditional English farming”.

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Thursday 18th January

All Saints Church Hall. 7.30 pm ‘Uppark & Its People’.

Bob France

Uppark is a gem atop the South Downs, wonderfully restored after the devastating fire of 1989. Discover the story of the house and its fascinating occupants, including the infamous Earl of Tankerville and his sister-in-law; Sir Matthew and his grand tour; the decadent Sir Harry, “Prinny,” the dairymaid and her sister; the future Emma Lady Hamilton and the young HG Wells.

Thursday 20th February

All Saints Church Hall. 7.30pm ‘The farmers of East Meon in the 19th Century

Robert Mocatta

Robert has traced the agricultural community of East Meon in the second half of the 19th century and has mapped their lands and crops, providing a fascinating social and economic history of our valley.


Please Note: Non-members who wish to attend EMHG meetings are advised to email, or phone 01730823337 to ensure that spaces are available.