In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described East Meon like this:
MEON (EAST), a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred, in Hants. The village stands in a long valley, among chalk hills, 4 miles WSW of Petersfield r. station; and has a post office under Petersfield. The parish includes the tythings of Bordean, Coombe, Langrish, Oxenbourne, Peak, Ramsdean, Riplington, and Westbury. Acres, 11,380. Real property, £13,162; of which £30 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851,1,543; in 1861, 1,486. Houses, 318. The property is subdivided. The manor was known, at Domesday, as Mene; belonged then to Bishop de Blois; and belongs still to the Bishop of Winchester. ...
Westbury House is a chief residence. About 1,277 acres are downs, and about 1,350 are woodland. The living is a vicarage in the dio. of Winchester; and, till 1867, was united with Froxfield and Steep. Value, £680.* Patron, the Bishop of Winchester. The church is ancient and cruciform, with a central tower and spire; is supposed to have been built by Bishop Walkelyn, the founder of the Norman portion of Winchester cathedral; retains the Norman character, unaltered, in the door-ways, the tower, and one of the windows; is early English in the S aisles of nave and chancel; has a later spire upon the tower; and contains a later English stone pulpit, and a very curious ancient, carved, blue lias font. There is a national school. -The sub-district contains also four other parishes, and is in Petersfield district. Acres, 20,551. Pop. in 1861, 2,681. Houses, 560.-The hundred contains six parishes; is in Petersfield division; and is cut into lower half and upper half. Acres, 11,380 and 11,812. Pop. in 1851,1,543 and 1,871. Houses, 314 and 354.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of East Meon in East Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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