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Romsey Abbey, Romsey

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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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  • A beautiful abbey which is very well maintained with stunning stain glass windows and decoration on the ceiling.  more »
  • A beautiful oasis of peace and calm in the centre of Romsey. For a small market town the abbey (which before Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries was the church of a Benedictine nunnery) is on a grand...  more »
  • Lived near Romsey for years and never visited the Abbey. Had some American friends over for a holiday and thought they might enjoy it. Spent nearly 2 hours going round the place. They loved I, so did ...  more »
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  • A beautiful church with a strong vibrant community, helpful guides to explain the history and lovely gardens perfect for a picnic!
  • Lovely place to chill out in peace and quiet
  • its an abby! whats not to like.
  • Good place if you like small churches and quiet time.
  • Good lookin'