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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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  • i like this abbey the staff are very friendly and helpful saw were lord monterbatten is burried he face the sea this is a must to visit god bless keep up the good work well done tony mbe 
  • We have family living in Romsey but had never heard of the Abbey. I happened to have a spare hour to walk around the town during my visit early in the New Year and I so wish I had had more time. This ...  more »
  • We visited the Abbey from Kent and attended the carol service on 18/12/16. People were friendly and welcoming and the Abbey itself is incredibly beautiful. The service was attended by around 800 we un...  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'