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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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  • We visited the Abbey as part of a trip to Hampshire and what a gem it was. It's good to see a Church with so much history still so active today. The Abbey is manned by volunteers who are happy to help...  more »
  • How wonderful this building is. A true testament to the presence of God for over a thousand years. Best of all it is alive with todays faithful not just tourists.  more »
  • We attended the Abbey and the evening was excellent .The acoustics where fantastic book your next evening as you will not disssapointed  more »
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  • Went here with my girlfriend before. It's great place to kill a few hours and enjoy yourself. Lots of history and tales and you're bound to learn something. Go there, enjoy yourself, wander round and leave some money in the donation on the way out!
  • Lovely little Abbey, historically and architecturally interesting and a beautiful garden to sit in. A wonderful place to lose the stresses of the day. Tiny car park, but other places on nearby roads...but not always free parking.
  • Very interesting place with Lord Mountbatten tomb.
  • A beautiful church with a strong vibrant community, helpful guides to explain the history and lovely gardens perfect for a picnic!
  • looks well built

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