Romsey  Hampshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Romsey like this:

Romsey, mun. bor., market town, and par. with ry. sta., Hants, on river Test, or Anton, 8½ miles NW. of Southampton - par., 10,216 ac., pop. 5579; mun. bor., 490 ac., pop. 4204; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 news-papers. Market-day, Thursday. The par. comprises the 2 townships of Romsey Extra and Romsey Infra - Romsey Extra, 9861 ac., pop. ...

3549; Romsey Infra, 355 ac., pop. 2030. Romsey grew to importance under the shadow of its abbey, which is supposed to have been founded about 910 by Edward the Elder, for a convent of nuns. The church, which is said to present the outline and general aspect of a Norman conventual church more completely than any building of equal size in England, is now the parish church. Romsey was chartered by James I., and was for some time a seat of considerable manufacture, but its trade is now almost entirely local and agricultural, the chief industry being confined to a few tanyards, breweries, and corn and paper mills. Sir William Petty (1623-1687), one of the founders of the Royal Society, and the ancestor of the Lansdowne family, was the son of a Romsey clothier.

Romsey through time

Romsey is now part of Test Valley district. Click here for graphs and data of how Test Valley has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Romsey itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Romsey, in Test Valley and Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th April 2024

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