Donations to Corhampton Church attract ‘big society’ match funding and gift aid
A new LocalGiving.Com ‘double your tenner’ campaign is a great opportunity to support the work of the Friends in conserving our Saxon church and sharing its heritage
Donate at http://localgiving.com/charity/corhamptonchurch … and ‘call a friend’ as well.
An updated History of the Saxon Church at Corhampton has been published; available from TPeterOSullivan@hotmail.com / 07710035722
A donation is appreciated preferably using our new donation page (above)
Meet the archaeologists – Dr Nick Stoodley, our lead archaeologist will be hosted by the East Meon History Group; in the East Meon church hall (NOT village hall) Tuesday November 12th at 19:30. Limited tickets available from TPeterOSullivan@hotmail.com / 07710035722 or Michael Blakstad, chairman of the History Group – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Saxons in the Meon Valley & the South Downs Society Thank you to everybody who joined us in welcoming the South Downs Society to the Meon Valley (see www.southdownssociety.org.uk) on Friday October 18th . Thanks also to Peter Harris vice-president of the Society for a very feisty narrative of the history of the society; to our many visitors from Sussex; and to all our local people (from villages throughout the Meon Valley) and the local team – Tess Briggs, Maggie from the Bucks Head, Chris Maxse, Guy Liardet, Paul Buxton, James Morrice, Peter O’Sullivan etc – who helped make the occasion successful.
The Story of the Saxons in the Meon Valley
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded the Friends of Corhampton Saxon Church a grant to help the communities of the Meon Valley bring to life the fascinating story of the Saxons in the Meon Valley.
We will use this website to communicate the activities that are planned, give you the opportunity to join this programme and to capture the story.
Who were the Saxons who settled in the Meon Valley?
Our ancestors were the Meonwara (Meon People). They came from what is now Denmark and settled in the Meon Valley after the Romans left Britain in 410 AD. For seven centuries or more (until, and after, the Norman Conquest in 1066) they developed the Meon as a fertile farming valley running from the South Downs at East Meon to the Soluent at Titchfield Haven. Trading vessels navigated the Meon, a Celtic (ancient British) word meaning ‘Swift One’, the name also of one of our local ales!
From the Soluent the ships reached as far as Droxford Mill, taking flour and other agricultural produce to the Soluent and the trading ports of Hamwic (Southampton) and Portesmuða (Portsmouth).
Saxons also traded in goods from other parts of our Islands, across what we now know as Europe and Asia. A hoard of Saxon gold and silver discovered in 2009 illustrates the extent of Saxon trading. An amateur enthusiast using a metal detector discovered what we now call the Staffordshire Hoard. The hoard includes amazingly crafted artefacts dating back to the 6th century with red garnets from as far away as India or even Sri Lanka.
We have included an amazing Anglo-Saxon world view (Mappa Mundi) produced (without GPS etc.) at Canterbury at the time that Corhampton Church was built (11th Century). It is recognisable today as Europe, Africa and the Far East. The image of the map is used with permission of the British Library.
The name of our nation (or Englaland as it was first known), derives from people known as Angles who also came from what is now Denmark. The people who settled in the Meon Valley were from the same part of Northern Europe; they were Jutes and Saxons. These Germanic peoples were amongst waves of people crossing Europe in what we now call the ‘age of migrations’.
The settlers in Englaland, displacing the Celtic Britons, became collectively known as the Anglo-Saxons or simply Saxons.
The Saxons laid the foundation of the English language, and of our culture, religion, system of government, the layout of our villages and our landscape.