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Romsey is a small market town in the county of Hampshire, England.It is 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Southampton, 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Winchester and 17 miles (27 km) Southeast of Salisbury. Neighbouring the village of North Baddesley, just over 18,000 people live in Romsey, which has an area of about 4.93 square kilometres.Romsey is one of the principal towns in the Test Valley Borough and lies on the River Test, which is known for fly fishing, predominantly trout. A large Norman abbey dominates the centre of the town.Romsey was home of the 20th-century soldier and statesman The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the 19th-century British prime minister Lord Palmerston, and the 17th-century philosopher and economist William Petty.Romsey is twinned with Paimpol in Brittany, France, and Battenberg, Germany.HistoryMiddle Ages to the Civil WarThe name Romsey is believed to have originated from the term Rūm's Eg, meaning "Rūm's area surrounded by marsh". Rūm is probably an abbreviated form of a personal name, like Rūmwald (glorious leader).
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