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Romsey, Hampshire, England


Notes: Romsey is a market town in the county of Hampshire, England. The 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).

The first abbey at Romsey was founded by the Anglo-Saxon King Edward the Elder in 907 for his daughter, Princess Aelflaed, a nun who became the first Abbess of Romsey.[7] King Edgar the Peaceful re-founded the abbey under the Rule of Benedict in 967, appointing as abbess a noblewoman named Merewenna.[7] Merewanna was given charge of King Edgar's step-daughter, Aethelflaed, who later served as abbess herself. Both Merewenna and Aethelflaed are revered as saints.[7]

The village swelled alongside the religious community. The Vikings sacked Romsey in 994,[8] burning down the church. But the village recovered, and the abbey was rebuilt in stone in about 1000. The religious community flourished as a seat of learning, especially for the children of the nobility. A market was established outside the abbey gates.

The Domesday Book of 1086, which identifies three mills in the village, provides the earliest record of the watermills that have played a part in Romsey's history as an industrial town.

The body of King William II "Rufus" was carried through Bell Street in Romsey on its way to Winchester, after he had been killed whilst hunting in the New Forest.

Between 1120 and 1140, the Normans built the large abbey building that is Romsey Abbey today on the site of the original Saxon church. By 1240, 100 nuns lived in the convent.

King Henry I granted Romsey its first charter. This allowed a market to be held every Sunday, and a four-day long annual fair in May. In the 13th century, Henry III permitted an additional fair in October.

The lucrative woollen industry appears to have powered Romsey's growth during the Middle Ages. Wool was woven and then fulled or pounded with wooden hammers whilst being washed. It was dyed, and then exported from nearby Southampton.

Romsey continued to grow and prosper until plague struck the town in 1348-9. The Black Death is thought to have killed up to half of the Romsey's population of 1,000. The number of nuns fell as low as 19. Prosperity never returned to the abbey. It was finally suppressed by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539, during which time many religious buildings were destroyed. The abbey itself was saved from demolition ostensibly because a section of it was dedicated to St Lawrence and used as the parish church, so the town purchased the abbey from The Crown for £100 in 1544. The section of the abbey used as the church was subsequently demolished, while the remainder still stands, now as the parish church.

By the mid-16th century Romsey's population was about 1,500; its woollen and tanning industries fuelled growth. On 6 April 1607 King James I granted the town a charter making it a borough. This gave official status to an informal local government that had been running the affairs of the town since the Dissolution of Romsey Abbey in 1539. Romsey could now have a corporation comprising a mayor, six aldermen and twelve chief burgesses, with a town clerk for 'office work'. Furthermore, there was to be a local law court under a Court Recorder, assisted by two sergeants-at-mace. Over all, was the position of High Steward, the first of whom was the Earl of Southampton.

Romsey changed hands several times during the English Civil War. Both Royalist and Parliamentary or Roundhead troops occupied and plundered the town. Royalists remained in control of the borough until January 1645.


City/Town : Latitude: 50.98913959999996, Longitude: -1.4999044000000001


Matches 1 to 8 of 8

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID 
1 Emery, Alice  Romsey, Hampshire, England I18179
2 Emery, Ann  18 Mar 1632/33Romsey, Hampshire, England I18180
3 Emery, Anthony  29 Aug 1601Romsey, Hampshire, England I18174
4 Emery, George  1609Romsey, Hampshire, England I18177
5 Kent, Rebecca  About 1622Romsey, Hampshire, England I18407
6 Knight, John  About 1622Romsey, Hampshire, England I4581
7 Knight, Richard  About 1602Romsey, Hampshire, England I2732
8 Squire, Thomas  Abt 1480Romsey, Hampshire, England I2437


Matches 1 to 5 of 5

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Christened    Person ID 
1 Emery, Eleanor  7 Nov 1624Romsey, Hampshire, England I18178
2 Emery, Ellin  7 Sep 1601Romsey, Hampshire, England I18175
3 Emery, Hugh  6 Oct 1604Romsey, Hampshire, England I18176
4 Emery, John  29 Mar 1598/99Romsey, Hampshire, England I212
5 Emery, John  3 Feb 1628/29Romsey, Hampshire, England I214


Matches 1 to 3 of 3

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Buried    Person ID 
1 Emery, John  25 Jun 1627Romsey, Hampshire, England I210
2 Emerye, John  16 Jun 1594Romsey, Hampshire, England I1904
3 Northend, Agnes  25 Jun 1627Romsey, Hampshire, England I211


Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Emigration    Person ID 
1 Emery, Anthony  Jun 1635Romsey, Hampshire, England I18174


Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Occupation    Person ID 
1 Emery, Anthony  1635Romsey, Hampshire, England I18174


Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Will    Person ID 
1 Osgood, Peter  19 Jan 1635Romsey, Hampshire, England I18397


Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Family    Married    Family ID 
1 Emery /   16 Jun 1620Romsey, Hampshire, England F254
2 Emery / Northend  27 Oct 1597Romsey, Hampshire, England F252