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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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  • Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. I was given a useful map of the building on entering which proved handy and pointed out the various features of the abbey. There are lovely intricate st...  more »
  • What a beautiful place. So serene, peaceful and uplifting. It has a fascinating history, fantastic vaulted ceilings and lovely stained glass windows. We've lived close to Romsey for over three years b...  more »
  • 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...  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'