Please click on the link below to view a talk given by Dr Nick Stoodely on Surveying for Saxons.
Please click on the link below to view the talk given by Nick Stoodley at East Meon on the 12th November 2013.
East Meon History Open Day – Saturday September 28th
On Saturday September 28th,2.00pm to 5.00pm, East Meon’s History Group is holding an Open Day in the Village Hall.Admission is free.
East Meon is joining the Saxons in the Meon Valley project. Peter O’Sullivan and other volunteers from the Saxon project will facilitate a re-enactment by village children of a Saxon battle, using the props and script developed at similar events at local schools;it will be held at 3.00pm. There will also be demonstrations of mediaeval spinning, an adult Saxon re-enactment performed Herigeas Hundas, a local Saxon historical society, and panels describing the Saxon programme.
East Meon’s Open Day, like the Saxon project, is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and its primary purpose is to record ‘Living History’, through photographs, documents and other memorabilia which capture life in the village fifty years and more ago. If you have family connections with East Meon,and possess souvenirs of life here, you are encouraged to bring them along, to be scanned and entered into the archive made possible by the HLF grant.
We also aim to involve residents in researching their own families and the buildings in which they live. The History Group’s own exhibition of House Histories, shown earlier this year at the Hampshire Record Office, will be on display. It is hoped to hold another Open Day next year, devoted to the Saxons in the Meon Valley.
This image is of a model of East Meon, a ‘typical’ Domesday Village, The model was made in 1986 (900 years after the publishing of the Domesday Book) to illustrate a typical village of the time, in the 900th commemoration of the Domesday in Winchester Great Hall.
William 1 of England (and the Duke of Normandy) commissioned the Domesday survey and book from Winchester.
Although East Meon has no buildings surviving from that time, its layout has not changed and the model probably shows the layout of the village in the late Saxon era … which came to an end with the Norman Conquest in 1066.
After the exhibition in Winchester the model was sold to La Musée de la Tapisserie in Bayeux in Normandy. It is now on display in the same building as the great Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Battle of Hasting and the Norman Conquest.
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