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Broadlands, Romsey

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Broadlands is an English country house, located in the civil parish of Romsey Extra, near the town of Romsey in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England.HistoryThe original manor and area known as Broadlands has belonged to Romsey Abbey since before the time of the 11th-century English Norman Conquest.After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Broadlands was sold to Sir Francis Fleming in 1547. His granddaughter married Edward St. Barbe, and the manor remained the property of the St. Barbe family for the next 117 years. Sir John St Barbe, 1st Baronet made many improvements to the manor but died without progeny having bequeathed it to his cousin Humphrey Sydenham of Combe, Dulverton. In the chancel of Ashington Church, Somerset, is a monument of grey and white marble, inscribed:When Sydenham was ruined by the 18th-century South Sea Bubble, he proceeded to sell Broadlands to Henry Temple, 1st Viscount Palmerston in 1736. It was the latter who began the deformalisation of the gardens between the river and the house and produced the (broad-lands) the "gentle descent to the river".
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  • Had always wanted to visit but came away rather disappointed. It's a lovely house which has had a glorious makeover and I am sure the present chatelaine is very comfortable there. However it is a very...  more »
  • Went to the game fair the other week, our second time since being in the area. Although last year was good it was pretty small, this year they excelled themselves with a lot more of the scurries and o...  more »
  • We needed a room for one night prior to going on to the broadlands country fayre, the fayre website recommended packridge farm so we took a punt and weren't disappointed. The b&b is located on a quiet...  more »

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