Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for MEON (EAST)

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.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: East Meon CP/AP       East Meon Hundred       East Meon SubD       Hampshire AncC
Place names: EAST MEON     |     MENE     |     MEON     |     MEON EAST
Place: East Meon

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