“It is undeniably true that the Forge adds to the picturesque aspect of East Meon, and is a valuable reminder of the importance of the forge or smithy in village life. For this reason the building is of local interest and its protection should lie in the local designations of conservation area, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Park.”
- English Heritage
7th March 2014 - The Forge has been listed as an asset of community value. “The building has a special resonance to the local community and furthers the cultural interests of the community”
- East Hampshire District Council
A new association has been formed in the village of East Meon by 151 residents who are joining forces to prevent a historic landmark and community asset from being destroyed through what they consider to be inappropriate over-development.
East Meon Cricket Club is under threat from the proposed development.
The existing building was in existence as a forge in 1869, and it was later modified.
Planning permission was granted to the current owners of The Forge in September to construct a large extension with a residential first floor over the single storey blacksmiths’ workshop.