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Romsey Abbey, Romsey

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4.8/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
Romsey Abbey is a parish church of the Church of England in Romsey, a market town in Hampshire, England. Until the dissolution it was the church of a Benedictine nunnery. It is now the largest parish church in the county since Christchurch Priory is now in Dorset.BackgroundThe church was originally built during the 10th century, as part of a Benedictine foundation. The surviving church is the town's outstanding feature, which is all the more remarkable because the abbey, as a nunnery, would have been less well financially endowed than other religious establishments of the time.HistoryThe religious community was originally established at "Rum's Eg"' meaning "the area of Rum surrounded by marshes" in 907 AD by nuns led by Elflaeda, daughter of King Edward the Elder, who was son of Alfred The Great. Later, King Edgar refounded the nunnery, in around 960, as a Benedictine house under the rule of St Ethelflaeda who was sanctified for such acts as the chanting of psalms late at night, whilst standing naked in the freezing water of the nearby River Test.The religious community continued to grow and a village grew around it to keep it supplied with produce. Both suffered in 993 when Viking raiders sacked the village and burnt down the original church. However, the abbey was rebuilt in stone in around 1000 and the village quickly recovered. The abbey and its religious community flourished and were renowned as a seat of learning – especially for the children of the nobility.
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  • Visiting a friend who recently moved into the area, we walked round charming Romsey and into the Abbey. There we were surprised and delighted by the warm greeting from the volunteer stewards. One of t...  read more »
  • Nice place to visit with fascinating stories and lovely stained glass windows. Unfortunately, the first time we tried to visit there was a wedding taking place so we had to return on another day! 
  • I often go to Romsey Abbey on my own and with my Grandson, who loves it there. It gives one time to chill and reflect on life. A special place. 
  • A beautiful church with a strong vibrant community, helpful guides to explain the history and lovely gardens perfect for a picnic!
  • Good place if you like small churches and quiet time.
  • Good lookin'
  • The first "religious" structure I visited in England when I was there in the early 1980's (I stayed with a local family). The whole town is charming; especially Rivermead Close. The Abbey is the frosting on the cake!
  • Large, late Norman abbey church of the original Benedictine convent in Romsey dominates this small market town. Note the change to Gothic to the west end of the building during the long building campaign and the stone rood reinstalled from the previous Saxon church.
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