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East Meon History Group

2017/18 Meeting Schedule

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 michaelblakstad@gmail.com, or phone 01730823337 to ensure that spaces are available.