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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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  • Never visited before, lovely abbey church, super small market town. Waitrose & Aldi, so something for everyone, but Tesco barred. Really friendly people, including even the traffic warden who encourag...  more »
  • Surprising this is a very large church with grounds to match. It almost has the look and feel of a cathedral. It is free and open every day. Apparently volunteers man the church throughout the day but...  more »
  • Super Abbey in a lovely town the Abbey is very interesting with lots of history and with Lord Mountbattens grave lovely helpers on hand to give advice on the history of the Abbey and area. Smashing ba...  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!
  • Stunning historical town, the staff at the abbey really kept us entertained with some unusual and interesting commentary.
  • Amazing church. Deacons were most helpful. Worth a visit
  • Verry great place, beautiful people there.
  • Fascinating ancient building - it's stories are well told and a very warm welcome.

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