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Photos of Romsey Carnival events
and processions over the last 65 years
“Eastleigh to Romsey and Salisbury”
by Nigel Bray
wants to purchase a copy of the "Eastleigh to Romsey and Salisbury"
railway book by Nigel Bray and support Romsey Signal Box Working
Museum, the Signal Box will be open on dates below.
railway line that opened between Eastleigh and Romsey 160 years
ago on 1st March 1847 was part of Salisbury’s first rail link with
Southampton, and at Romsey it became intertwined with the “Sprat
and Winkle Line” (Andover to Redbridge) when it arrived nearly 20
years later. In this new book, which complements his books
on the Andover to Redbridge and the Salisbury & Dorset Junction
railways, Nigel Bray draws on his local knowledge and experience
as a career railwayman to tell the complete story of the line.
In 120 pages, Nigel tells how the line came
to be built, its subsequent history, and its effect on the local
economies of Salisbury and Romsey. The story of the demise
and rebirth of Chandlers Ford station is told, together with the
replacement of the old level crossing at Halterworth, the saving
of Romsey signal box and the development of the MoD sidings at Dean
Around 160 photographs cover various periods
in the line’s life, and show early views of Romsey, Dean and Dunbridge
stations and Crampmoor Crossing. There are also pictures of
interloping Great Western Railway locomotives in Southern Railway
territory at Romsey, as well as more recent photographs of the various
types of steam and diesel trains, that have used the route over
This fascinating book will appeal to anyone
interested in Romsey’s local history, its railway network or both.
Copies are available from Romsey Signal Box Working Museum and the
Heritage Centre at King John’s House. It can also be ordered
from any bookshop (ISBN: 978-1-905505-42-5) or for £17.95 post-free
from Kestrel Railway Books, PO Box 269, Southampton, SO30 4XR.
Further information is on their website:
Romsey Signal Box Open Days 2018
Sunday 4th; Saturday 17th
Sunday 4th; Saturday 17th
Sunday 1st (Easter Sunday); Saturday 21st
Sunday 6th; Saturday 19th
Sunday 3rd; Saturday 16th
Sunday 1st; Saturday 21st
Sunday 5th; Saturday 18th
Sunday 2nd; Saturday 15th;
Sunday 7th; Saturday 20th
Sunday 4th; Saturday 17th
is a well-written account of the early business and family
life of Reg Calvert by his daughter Susan who lived for
a while in a flat over Tates TV shop in Church St, Romsey.
He was well known for the dances he organised in the
Drill Hall in Station Rd, Romsey. A must read
Book Two (CLIFTON HALL School of Rock
‘n’ Roll) and book Three (SHIVERING SANDS) are now available
in one book "Life and Death of a Pirate"at
In 2014 Richard Williams (Romsey)
and Andrew Monk patented the iolight Magnificent Mobile
Their microscope is easily portable
- it fits in a rucksack or jacket pocket - and captures
beautiful images of plant and animal cells, Images are displayed
instantly on your tablet or smartphone making them simple
to share or paste into your homework or Nobel Prize winning
paper. Resolution is better than 1 micron (1 thousandth
of a mm) and gives x200 magnification on a 10" tablet
screen and even more on a larger screen. In summary
the ioLight microscope is the perfect pocket partner for
any scientist, student or educator
NOW AVAILABLE CLICK
ioLight microscope demonstration
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Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) and Abbotswood
Community Association (ACA) are working closely on the transfer
of the legal ownership of Abbotswood Community Centre from the Abbotswood
Development Consortium. Unfortunately delays with the legal transfer
between the consortium of developers for the Abbotswood Community
Centre means TVBC is unable to grant ACA occupation of the building
until this legal transfer has been completed.
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ACA are extremely disappointed in the delay
to the delivery of this centre. We ask that local residents and
potential centre users please bear with us at this time and as soon
as we have confirmation of the hand over we will let you know, we
are optimistic to move this forward as soon as possible. On completion
of the handover ACA will need time to equip the Centre and ensure
it is fit for purpose for hirers and users.
TO READ MORE
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In 2014 Richard Williams
(Romsey) and Andrew Monk patented the ioLight Mobile Microscope...
Their ioLight microscope
is easily portable - it fits in a rucksack or jacket pocket
- and captures beautiful images of plant and animal cells,
Images are displayed instantly on your iPad, iPhone or Android
device making them simple to share or paste into your homework
or Nobel Prize winning paper. Resolution is better than
1 micron (1 thousandth of a mm) and gives x200 magnification
on a 10" screen and even more on a larger screen. In
summary the ioLight microscope is the perfect pocket partner
for any scientist, student or educator,
Click or tap above to view
Jane Barter Reeves new book Entitlement is
another gripping read that follows the astonishing actions
of a husband who believes that he is entitled to his
former wife's inheritance, and who doesn't take no for an
If You Click Here, you can find out more about Jane
and her books, as well being able to contact the author
and visit Amazon to purchase copies for yourself.
Buy on Amazon
Molly Irvine writes
about Jane's 1st book
We have a local budding author in
Romsey. Her name is JANE BARTER REEVES
. This is her first book, just published . I've just finished
it, and it's a great read. In fact, I couldn't put it down
! Can't wait for her 2nd book to come out ! I've known Jane
all her life, and I know how hard , and what long hours
she's been working on this. So I'd love Romsey readers to
support Jane, and help her to sell cartloads of books. !
Congratulations Jane, and get on with the next one please
Buy on Amazon
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Romsey Good Neighbours
Registered Charity No. 1119751
We are a group of volunteers
who offer to take elderly,
infirm or disabled people
to attend a hospital, doctor, dentist, optician or any other
The service is only provided in Romsey,
Romsey Extra, Ampfield and Braishfield
We can also
provide transport to enable
people to visit relatives
To request Transport
Please telephone a Co-ordinator
on one of the numbers below
between 9:00am and 5:00pm
Monday to Friday if possible giving at
least five days
clear notice (not including weekends)
08450 94 96 71
08450 94 96 72
08450 94 96 73
08450 94 96 74
08450 94 96 75
08450 94 96 76
Please try an alterative number
if you fail to reach your first choice
All co-ordinators work independently
from the same client details and list of drivers
ensure you make a note of the co-ordinator and drivers names
dealing with your journey
Lockerley Mechanical Society
We are an informal group with
interests including trains both real and model, vehicles,
boats, planes, farm equipment ... in fact anything involving
oil and spanners. We meet at 11.00am on the first
Monday of each month at the Coffee Shop in Lockerley
Memorial Hall and we also hold a quarterly pub lunch.
We are presently researching the history of Lockerley
WW2 US Army camp. New members are very welcome. Contact
Ian McKeand on 017 94 34 10 05 or just turn up
at the Coffee Shop.
Hi Romsonians, Mike Thomas
here in the USA. I would like to ask anyone that has
pictures and/or information on LUZBOROUGH CAMP from
the late 40's and early 50's to send them to me at
I am preparing to write a memoir and would like to add
pictures and to possibly jog my memories of those early
days when I lived there. For photos and history
HERE Luzborough camp was located at
the corner of Luzborough Lane and Botley Rd, just south
of Baddesley. Thank you in advance for your help,
Regards ... Mike
Click photo for lots more.
Lockerley was the site of a huge
storehouse for the US Army prior to the Invasion of
Europe, established in October 1943 and largely obsolete
by October 1944 by which time supplies were being sent
direct to France. The depot was behind St Johns Church
off of East Tytherley Rd and comprised 15 miles of sidings
and 134 covered sheds. After the US army left and a
period of use by the Royal Army Ordnance Corps it closed
in the 1950s and now nothing but slight earth disturbance
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Romsey is a small market town in the county
of Hampshire, England. It is 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Southampton
and 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Winchester, neighbouring the village
of North Baddesley. Just under 15,000 people live in Romsey, which
has an area of about 4.93 square kilometers. Romsey lies on the
River Test, which is famous for fly fishing, predominantly trout.
It is one of the principal towns in the Test Valley Borough. A large
Norman abbey dominates the centre of the town. Romsey was home of
the 20th-century soldier and statesman Lord 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.
The name Romsey is believed to have originated
from the term Rūm's Eg, meaning "Rum's area surrounded
by marsh". Rum is probably an abbreviated form of a personal
name, like Rumwald (glorious leader).
What was to become Romsey Abbey was founded
in 907. Nuns, led by Elflaeda daughter of Edward the Elder, son
of Alfred the Great, founded a community — at his direction — in
what was then a small village. Later, King Edgar refounded the nunnery,
about 960, as a Benedictine house under the rule of St. Ethelflaeda
whose devotional acts included chanting psalms while standing naked
in the cold water of the River Test.
The village swelled alongside
the religious community. The Vikings ran-sacked Romsey in 993, 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 Normans built
the large current abbey that dominates the town (between c. 1120
and 1140) 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 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 1000. 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. Many religious buildings were destroyed
during this time.
But the abbey was saved from demolition because
part of it was a parish church for the people of Romsey. The town
purchased the abbey from the Crown for £100 in 1544. Ironically,
the part of the abbey that had saved the abbey, the church of St
Lawrence, was then demolished.
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 prestigious position of High Steward, the first of
whom was the Earl of Southampton. (Lord Brabourne, grandson of Lord
Mountbatten of Burma, is the current High Steward.)
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.
The town's woollen industry survived until
the middle of the 18th century, but was beaten by competition from
the north of England. However, new fast-growing enterprises soon
filled the gap with brewing, papermaking and sack making, all reliant
upon the abundant waters of the Test.
By 1794 a canal connected
Romsey to Redbridge — at the mouth of the River Test — and Andover
to the north but within 50 years had largely fallen into disuse.
Industry continued to grow. Romsey was a reasonably large town for
the early 19th century: its population was 4,274 in the first census
of 1801, compared with just 8,000 for Southampton.
Despite the arrival of the railway in 1847
the expansion slowed and whilst its population had grown to 5,654
in 1851 it then stagnated and by the time of the census half a century
later (1901) the population was just 5,597.
Lord Palmerston, the 19th-century
British Prime Minister, was born and lived at Broadlands, a large
country estate on the outskirts of the town. His statue stands in
the Market Place outside the Town Hall.
The Willis Fleming family of North Stoneham
Park were major landowners at Romsey from the 17th until early 20th
centuries, and were lords of the manors of Romsey Infra and Romsey
Romsey was famous for making collapsible
boats during the 19th and early 20th centuries, invented by the
Rev. Edward Lyon Berthon in 1851. The Berthon Boatyard in Romsey
made the boats from 1870 until 1917. They were used as lifeboats
on ocean-going liners.
Broadlands later became the home of Lord
Mountbatten of Burma, known locally as "Lord Louis". He
was buried in Romsey Abbey after being killed in an IRA bomb explosion
in Ireland on 27 August 1979. In 1947, Mountbatten was given his
earldom and the lesser title "Baron Romsey, of Romsey in the
County of Southampton".
After Lord Mountbatten of Burma
died, his titles passed to his elder daughter, Lady Brabourne, who
thus became Lady Mountbatten of Burma. Her eldest son was styled
by the courtesy title "Lord Romsey" until he inherited
the title of Lord Brabourne in 2005.
The Prince and Princess of Wales spent the
first night of their honeymoon at Broadlands.
Embley Park, a
country estate located on the outskirts of Romsey was the home of
Florence Nightingale, most famous for her pioneering work as a nurse
and sanitary reform during the Crimean war and for laying the foundation
of modern nursing. Florence is said to have had her calling from
God whilst being sat under a giant cedar tree in the grounds of
Embley Park on 7 February 1837. The site is now home to a private
school, reminders of Florence's formative years are all around the
house and estate.
Nightingale is buried in the family vault at
St. Margaret Church in East Wellow, located on the outskirts of
Romsey. Her coffin was taken by train from London to Romsey Station
where a horse drawn carriage completed the journey to the church
for a simple funeral at the request of Florence.
During 2007 Romsey celebrated the 400th
Anniversary of the granting of its Charter by King James I
with a programme of events from March through September, including
a visit on 8 June from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Subsequently.
the cost of the visit has created some local political controversy
Romsey today appears to be in sound economic
health. Whilst there is significant commuting out of the town for
work - particularly to Southampton and Winchester, and also, to
some extent, London - it could not be described as a dormitory town.
Whilst heavy industry in the town has long since declined, three
industrial and trading estates focus mainly on service industries
and small-scale manufacturing. Three major scientific and high technology
employers — Roke Manor Research, Southampton Science Park and IBM
— have large establishments in the nearby countryside.
renovated town centre contains a Waitrose, and Aldi supermarkets,
a small department store, and over 100 other retail outlets of various
kinds, including both high street chains and local independent shops.
There is concern about the decline of local independent shops due
to the high business rates, and threat from large supermarkets.
Watermills have played an important part
in Romsey's history as an industrial town. The Doomsday Book of
1086 provides the earliest record of watermills in Romsey, which
identifies three (possibly four) mills.
Sadler's Mill is probably
the best known of Romsey's surviving mills and is apparently the
only mill to be developed on the main course of the River Test.
The existence of Sadler's Mill is first recorded in the 16th century,
when it was owned by the manor of Great and Little Spursholt. Functioning
as a corn and grist mill, it has passed through a succession of
owners including Lord Palmerston who rebuilt it in 1747 and sold
it in 1777 to one Benjamin Dawkins. Following another succession
of owners it returned to the Broadlands estate in 1889. Milling
ceased in 1932, when the mill building became redundant. The Broadlands
estate sold the building in 2003, at which point it was close to
collapse having been derelict for many years. The new owners, Anthony
and Sarah de Sigley, restored the building in 2005, rebuilding much
of the original structure. During the restoration evidence of an
earlier structure was found; carbon 14 dating established the age
of this to be circa 1650.
Romsey has its own parliamentary constituency.
Its current MP is Caroline Nokes of the Conservative Party. Elected
in the general election on 6 May 2010, she ousted the Liberal Democrat
MP Sandra Gidley with a 4.5% swing to Conservative from Liberal
Democrat and a majority of 4,156 votes. Gidley had held the seat
since a by-election in 2000.
Romsey Abbey is a Norman abbey, originally
built as a Benedictine foundation, housing a community of Benedictine
nuns. The abbey is open daily to visitors as well as being the Anglican
Parish church of Romsey.
King John's House & Tudor Cottage was
allegedly a hunting lodge used by King John of England whilst hunting
in the New Forest. However, the existing building dates from much
later. It does contain a number of extremely unusual and exciting
historical features, including medieval wall decorations and graffiti,
as well as a floor made of animal bones.
Broadlands - Stately home
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens - Gardens and
Mottisfont Abbey - National Trust property
with nationally renowned rose collection
Paultons Park - Children's theme park
Romsey Rapids - Leisure pool and gym
The Mayor's Picnic
takes place in early-mid summer and is
held in Romsey's Memorial Park. There is music performed by local
schools, a variety of stalls, and the popular Duck Race, in which
numbered plastic ducks 'race' each other along the river Test, to
be scrupulously retrieved before awarding a prize to whoever chose
the winning duck
The Beggars Fair
is held in the streets and pubs of Romsey
on the second Saturday in July. It is a free festival featuring
all types of music, together with dance and other street entertainment.
takes place during a week in July with
the highlight being the procession through the streets of Romsey
on the final Sunday afternoon.
The Romsey Show
is a large agricultural show that takes
place every September at Broadlands. The show is one of the oldest
in England, held annually since 1842. In addition, Broadlands has
twice hosted the CLA Game Fair, the largest agricultural show in
the world, most recently in July 2006.
The Winter Carnival
takes places each year when Romsey's Christmas
lights are switched on.
The Romsey Arts Festival
occurs every 3 years, showcasing talent
from in and around the local area.
Romsey Charter Celebrations
1607-2007 Programme of Events ran from
21 March to 30 September 2007.
Romsey Classic Car Show
is a charity event that has been running
on Boxing Day since 2002, attracting hundreds of pre-1976 vehicles
to the town centre car parks.