Romsey's Claim To Fame

Famous People From Romsey Past & Present

The Queen & Prince Philip

The Queen & Prince Philip

The Queen (Princess Elizabeth) married Philip Mountbatten, on Nov. 20, 1947. Her husband became Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Part of the honeymoon was at Broadlands, in Romsey. The Queen and Prince Philip visited Romsey many times including the Charter celebrations in 1957 and 2007.

Prince Charles & Princess DianaPrince Charles & Princess Diana

After their marriage the royal couple came to Broadlands, in Romsey for the start of their honeymoon in July 1981.

Sir William Petty

Sir William PettySir William Petty FRS (26 May 1623 16 December 1687) was an English economist, scientist and philosopher. He was born in Church St. Romsey. He first became prominent serving Oliver Cromwell and Commonwealth in Ireland. He developed efficient methods to survey the land that was to be confiscated and given to Cromwell's soldiers. He also managed to remain prominent under King Charles II and King James II, as did many others who had served Cromwell. He was Member of the Parliament of England briefly and was also a scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur, and was a charter member of the Royal Society. It is for his theories on economics and his methods of political arithmetic that he is best remembered, however, and to him is attributed the philosophy of 'laissez-faire' in relation to government activity. He was knighted in 1661. He was the great-grandfather of Prime Minister William Petty Fitzmaurice, 2nd Earl of Shelburne and 1st Marquess of Lansdowne. .

Lord MountbattenLord Mountbatten

 

Lord Mountbatten who died tragically in Ireland at the hands of the IRA in August 1979 lived at Broadlands Romsey for many years.  Broadlands was once the country home of Victorian prime minister Lord Palmerston. It  is now the home of Lord and Lady Romsey.

Lord PalmerstonLord Palmerston

Romsey was also the home of Lord Palmerston, the 19th century British Prime Minister who was born and lived at Broadlands, a large country estate on the outskirts of the town. A statue of Palmerston still stands in the Market Place outside the Town Hall.

 

Rev Edward Lyon Berthon


In addition to ministering to his parish, the Reverend Edward Lyon Berthon of Romsey, Hampshire, ran a boat building and engineering enterprise. In 1877, he started a company in Romsey, building folding lifeboats and "other floating machines", which (originally designed as lifeboats) were the mainstay of his business. The prototype was developed by him at HMS Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth where he was chaplain. A seaman was drowned in an early trial in 1854 after the boat was overloaded with a 13-inch mortar. The Berthon Boat Company is still operating today on the same site in Lymington that it moved to in 1918 and is still a boat yard with a workforce of 100 skilled craftsmen specialising in the refit and repair of yachts of up to 150 feet.

Gary Windebank

Was well known for his strong-man feats. In the 1986 Guinness Book of Records, he is listed as holding the record for the greatest number of motor tyres supported in a free lift, the total being 96. This record is dated 1984.

He appeared at many charity and fund-raising events. he's first tyre lift was at Braishfield Country Fair. About 1978.

 

Jim and Bobby ParkesJim and Bobby Parkes

Cricketers Jim Parkes, who played for England (wicket keeper) and his son, Bobby Parkes who played for Hampshire and  England  once lived in  Cupernham Lane, Romsey.

Kevin KeeganKevin Keegan

Oxlease House, Cupernham Lane, Romsey was once owned by football legend Kevin Keegan who once had dreams of turning the grounds into a golf course. The site is of Important Nature Conservation and provides a haven for birds and the rare water vole.

Norman ThelwellNorman Thelwell

Norman lived in Timsbury on the Romsey outskirts with his wife, Rhona - an artist in her own right. He was known as 'the unofficial artist of the British countryside' and one of Britain's finest cartoonists. Norman Thelwell died early in 2004 at the age of 80, leaving behind a vast and much-loved body of work.

Reg Calvert

Reginald Calvert (born Pearce Reginald Hartley Calvert Spilsby, Lincolnshire, 1928 21 June 1966, Wendens Ambo, Essex) was the manager of The Fortunes pop group and singer Screaming Lord Sutch, and the owner of offshore pirate radio station Radio City. Calvert was killed by Oliver Smedley, owner of rival offshore station Radio Caroline, who was later acquitted of murder on the grounds of self defence. Reg spent a lot of time in the Romsey area in the late 1950's and early 1960's.

Pat Weedon writes : "I knew Reg Calvert very well as I used to help him set up for the Dances at the Drill Hall, and yes Chris. he did work at Tates TV shop in Church St, and after reading the info on Wikipedia, I find it difficult to say that he was aggressive in any way, I remember him as being a real gentleman, and of an easy going nature, and not type to kill anyone, and I'm very surprised that the other Joker got off with Self Defence, the mind Boggles"

Brenda Hendy writes:-  "Reg Calvert was a wonderful man he ran the Romsey Rhythm Club in the Abbey Hotel for us teenagers so sad when he left to go to London and devastated when he was murdered"

Worzel GummidgeWorzel Gummidge

Worzel Gummidge lived in the Romsey area for quite a few years in the 1970's and 1980's thanks to the series on Southern Television. Jon Pertwee starred as Worzel and Una Stubbs as Aunt Sally. Other stars included Geoffrey Bayldon, Mike Berry,  Mike Reid, Lorraine Chase, Jimmy Jewel and Barbara Windsor. The main locations for filming were the villages of Stockbridge, King's Sombourne and Braishfield; all of which are near Romsey in Hampshire. The 'Scatterbrook Farm' scenes were filmed at Pucknall in Braishfield; Michelmersh was used for the scenes in the Scatterbrook barn. In the summer of 1980, during filming of the Christmas special musical episode "A Cup o' Tea and a Slice o' Cake" in the town of Lymington. The episode included songs sung by Worzel Gummidge, Saucy Nancy and Aunt Sally, (though Una Stubbs voice was dubbed by a ghost singer for the 'Aunt Sally Song'). During filming in Lymington sudden winds blew titanium dioxide which was being used to create the illusion of snow over nearby homes, shops, and businesses. As a result, clothing was ruined, food stock had to be disposed of, and some businesses had to close early, landing Southern Television with a considerable bill for damages

Florence NightingaleFlorence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) lived near Romsey and is buried in a churchyard at nearby East Wellow. She was an English nurse, writer and statistician. She came to prominence during the Crimean War for her pioneering work in nursing, and was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night to tend injured soldiers. Nightingale laid the foundation stone of today's professional nursing.

Norman GoodlandNorman Goodland

Norman Goodland (Woodley & Timsbury) was a regular broadcaster on Radio Solent and was employed by the south's first television company - Southern Television. He regularly appeared on the South's first news programme Day By Day talking about country life and wrote many country articles for Hampshire County Magazine.

Kerrie Taylor

Bubbly 39 year old Kerrie Taylor who played Beth in the TV series "Where the Heart is" was born in Romsey. She is also well known for her five year role as Lucy Benson on the long-running Channel 4 British television soap opera Hollyoaks. Other acting credits include Crossroads, Heartbeat, Clocking Off, Fallen, Casualty and most recently a role in BBC daytime serial drama Doctors.

Kerrie Taylor

Charlie DimmockCharlie Dimmock

Charlie Dimmock worked with Alan Titchmarsh on BBC's Ground  Force, and also had her own garden show, called Charlie's Garden Army. Charlie who lived in the Romsey area formerly run the Mill Water Gardens, a water garden centre once situated in Romsey.

Wilbert Vere Awdry

Wilbert Vere Awdry, OBE born in Romsey (Ampfield) on15 June 1911. He was better known as the Reverend W. Awdry. He was an English clergyman, railway enthusiast and children's author, best known as the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine  There are currently 41 books in the series, the first being published in 1945. Twenty-six were written by Rev. W. Awdry, up to 1972.

George BakerGeorge Baker (Ruth Rendell Mysteries)

The TVS Ruth Rendell mysteries about Chief Inspector Wexford was filmed in Romsey which starred George Baker. Many scenes showed the Market Place, Romsey Abbey and the Memorial Park. A  house in Woodley Close (No 48) was even used for one episode. Sadly George died of pneumonia on Friday 7th October 2011.

 

Lawrie McMenemyLawrie McMenemy

Lawrie McMenemy has lived in the Romsey area for many years now. He was the manager of Southampton FC when they won the FA Cup in 1976. The "Saints" beat Manchester United 1-0. He also went on to become manager of Northern Ireland.

David GowerDavid Gower

David Gower a close neighbour of Lawrie McMenemy was a English international at cricket. He ended his playing days with Hampshire County Cricket Club. He once featured in the BBC TV Quiz show called "They think it's all over"

David FrostDavid Frost

David Frost who lived in Michelmersh, Romsey until recently is a very well known TV personality. He currently hosts "Breakfast with Frost". One of his earliest ventures was "That was the week that was". David died on 31st August 2013

Roger WatersRoger Waters

Roger was the creative genius in the group PINK FLOYD. This Romsey based musician is still performing in concerts. For the latest info go to his website at www.rogerwaters.org/

Rex TrayhorneRex and Geraldine Trayhorne

Rex and Geraldine are well respected artists living in the centre of Romsey.
Rex is a professional watercolour artist and a Member of the 'Royal Miniature Society'. He is also the Organiser and Secretary of the 'Wessex Artists Exhibitions' in the UK. Geraldine is very skilled at pottery with her own identifiable designs. She is also the Chairman of the Romsey Art Group