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East Meon History Group

2017/18 Meeting Schedule

Tuesday 17th October 2017

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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Friday October 27th 2017

Visit to Butser Ancient Farm. 10.30 am – 12.30 pm, followed by lunch at the Red Lion, Chalton.

Butser Ancient Farm, less than five miles from East Meon, started as an experimental archaeological site exploring life in Iron Age Hampshire and has grown into a dynamic outdoor museum with buildings recreated from Neolithic to Roman times. Our two-hour trip will be led by the experts who construct the buildings, followed by lunch at the Red Lion at Chalton.

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Thursday 16th November 2017

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 14th December 2017

St John Room, Court House. 7.30pm “Cruell outrages on the persons of harmeless people” 

The experiences of loyalist clergy during the English Civil War.

Fiona McCall

Religion was one of the main issues of the English Civil War.  Consequently, control of the pulpit was always an important part of military strategy.  Dr Fiona McCall’s book Baal’s Priests: the loyalist clergy and the English Revolution describes the fate that befell over 2,000 Anglican clergy who found themselves ejected, with their families, from their livings (including the vicar of East Meon) as the Parliamentary Army swept through the country.

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Thursday 18th January 2018

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.

Tuesday 20th February 2018

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.

Thursday 22nd March 2018

All Saints Church Hall, 7.30pm. ‘Excavations at Meonstoke Roman Site’

Prof Tony King

Anthony King, Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Winchester, will describe the discovery of a hexagonal building at Manor Farm, Exton, and the team’s attempts to establish whether it had a ritual purpose.

Drone photograph of Meonstoke site

Drone photograph of Meonstoke site

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