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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.The formal gardens and historic landscape of Broadlands are Grade II* listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.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:
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  • Kept missing this place on the way to Dorset (weekends 7 before 1pm) but this time travelling on a weekday & got there for 1pm. Very good guide & toured outside & the ground floor only. Very enjoyable...  more »
  • The house is only open for six weeks each year and not at weekends but is well worth a visit. The guides are excellent and very knowledgeable and the groups on each tour can be small (we had 6 people)...  more »
  • Do not miss the fascinating tour of a lovely house with an intriguing history. A lovely contrast to so many country houses which have become de facto museums - this is a home and throughout the tour w...  more »

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