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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 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.In Norman times a substantial, new stone abbey, primarily designed as a convent, was built on the old Anglo-Saxon foundation (circa 1130 to 1140 AD) by Henry Blois, Bishop of Winchester and Abbot of Glastonbury. Bishop Henry was the younger brother of King Stephen and his structure dominates the town to this day. By 1240 in excess of 100 nuns were living in the community.
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  • Truly beautiful! Peaceful and perfect. Worth a visit for some time to think or to learn your history. Very welcoming staff.  more »
  • Definitely worth a visit, so beautiful. People very friendly. Small gifts and especially cards very good value.  more »
  • Well worth a visit if you are in Romsey and are interested in History. It was helpful to be given an information leaflet. It was also nice to visit for free which makes a change these days. There was ...  more »
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  • Turned up mid-week only to have to go away whilst there was a memorial service - wow it was full so many people there. We went off to the King John's House place (poor) but when we got back we where approached by a church warden (sorry if higher) who was very helpful and informed the service was going to over run a bit and she told me to get my car from the Car-park a drive back to the Abbey as by then everyone would have gone.... Excellent as when I got back there were still a large crowd but following her advice got parked up easily and did get to visit this really nice Abbey. Well worth a visit as nice and interesting and easy to follow guide as we went around on our own BUT there was a Guided Tour we could have joined if we had wanted so besides very nice venue also covered to what our people wanted. Next time we are down there we will be back and if a tour is on then join it to enhance what we found for ourselves.
  • I'm a little biased here since Romsey Abbey has seen some of the happiest and saddest moments in our little family's history but: This is a historically significant Abbey, which like so much of British architecture has elements of Saxon, Norman, and more besides. It survived the reformation by becoming the local church (on a grand scale) and remains a hub for all manner of activity in Romsey. From the church itself which is welcoming and warm, to the pop up exhibitions, lovely inclusive choir, genuinely interesting building and grounds, along with Lord Mountbatten's tomb, relics from the British Empire, and the Palmerston family; Romsey Abbey is well worth a visit if you're in the area.
  • Very good Choir and great image to look at from abbey green. I enjoyed the Choirs service on Sunday as they don't not work for volume but shape, tuning and musical communication.
  • I'm not a good fearing person but what a beautiful abby it is well worth a visit very helpful guides
  • Very interesting and informative 're it's history. The guide was very friendly and helpful.
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