If you have any family history connections with East Meon , a beautiful village in Hampshire, from where the River Meon springs, then you will be interested to learn about the church of All Saints.
The church of All Saints East Meon commands attention, sitting as it does, above the rest of the village, it dominates the skyline. The churchyard spreads out, south, east and west, whilst to the north, Park Hill rears up dramatically.
- East Meon was already an important settlement by the time of the Norman invasion in 1066
- There was a Saxon church probably on the site of the present one, which was important enough to have land granted to it by a Saxon king
- The Bishops of Winchester were Lords of the manor to East Meon
- The scale of the church probably bears witness to this fact
- It’s tower and broach spire are very substantial and can be clearly seen from the southerly hills, even though the village sits in a valley
- The church contains a Tournai Font, most probably a gift from the Bishop of Winchester
- The following links will help you to find the excellent transcriptions that have been made of the parish records and help to guide you to other treasures in the parish chest.
- Use the links to find pictures of East Meon church headstones and headstone transcriptions which will be added to each week
- Look out for links to Poor Law data set for East Meon, is your relative listed on them?
- The church was used in the C18th and much of the C19th as a Sunday school and day school for up to 160 children, look at our posts on early education and reforms to see how East Meon school evolved.
- The WWI memorial window depicts the patron saints and coats of arms of all the allied powers, follow the links to the East Meon War Memorial to see names of the fallen from the village
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