Farming in the area
Prior to the Roman invasion, southern England was a major exporter of grain to Europe. Grain from farmsteads in the Dever Valley would probably have made its way to the coastal ports by boat on the River Itchen or the River Test.
Not a great deal is known about the farming structure and practices in the Dark Ages, but at the time of the Domesday survey, a picture emerges of manors, all of which had their principal house and buildings next to a source of water, namely the River Dever. The most valuable meadows for grazing animals were also those adjoining the river.