West Meon

This Hampshire village has a history going back to the Iron and Bronze Ages. Evidence of the Meonwara tribe living in this northern most part of the Meon Valley has been found locally while at Lippen Wood there are the remains of a substantial Roman Villa. The village features in the Civil War and the churchyard is the final resting place for some well known names of English history. Among them Thomas Lord the founder of Lord's Cricket Ground, and another less celebrated spy from the 20th century.

Today the village is a thriving community that despite its modest size maintains a village shop and Post Office, a butchers shop and two public houses. At the last census the population was 749. Residents support a variety of local clubs and organisations in the village while the Church of St John the Evangelist is a fine example of a flint knapped building that was designed by Gilbert Scott. In an extraordinary turn of events the design was copied and taken to New York where an exact replica was built as the Church of St. Thomas, Mamaroneck.

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