Photo album of the week

Hunters Inn from years gone by. Click above to view individually


PAGE OF THE WEEK  - Old Trains and Railways in the Romsey area


Romsey girl in Britain's Next Top Model Competition..

Olivia now in final six..

A young lady from Romsey Olivia Wardell who went to school in Romsey and then Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh is one of the twelve contestants in this years "Britain's Next Top Model Competition". Webpage

The 18-year-old, applied for the show last year after being encouraged by boyfriend Will Brook. So Olivia sent in an application and last night (Thursday 20th April) she made it into the final six of the completion.

Olivia shares a love of fashion with her 82 year old Grandmother and is the youngest in the competition. At just 18 she will stop at nothing to get to the top and make her modeling dream a reality.

Olivia has just finished her A Levels in English, Textiles and Photography and aspires to become a role model for women in the fashion industry just like her idol Kendall Jenner.

The new series, which airs on Lifetime, features some of the UK’s biggest names in fashion including Millie Mackintosh, Estee Lalonde, Savannah Miller and Matthew Williamson.

The new series started on March 16th, on Lifetime, available weekly on Thursdays at 9pm  on Sky 156, Virgin 208, TalkTalk 329 and BT 329.

Romsey's New Royalty..

Romsey's new  Royal Party has been selected for this year’s town festivities which will take place in the summer up to Christmas.

Judges, including Test Valley mayor Cllr Karen Hamilton and Romsey mayor John Parker, were very pleased at the quality of all the entrants when selecting their Royal Party, so much they had difficulty in deciding the overall winner of the Junior Princess and it was decided to have both finalists to represent the committee.

The event was sponsored by David Wilson Homes, and took place at the Town Hall, courtesy of Romsey Town Council. The winners of the four categories are:


Carnival Queen
Danielle Schroven
Senior Carnival Queen
Paula Bartlett
Senior Carnival Princess
Ellie Luffman
Junior  Carnival Princesses
Mary Long and Katie-Ann Holloway.

The Royal Party will be crowned at the mayor’s picnic on Sunday, July 2. The committee is currently planning events for the summer, starting on July 15, and during the winter months. Romsey Carnival Website Click Here

Latest news from ioLight portable microscope


The ioLight portable microscope is a small (160 mm × 101 mm × 32 mm when folded away), lightweight digital microscope that links wirelessly to an iPad to produce high-quality images of ×200 magnification that can be further magnified via projection on to a large screen. With a resolution of up to 1 μm it is ideal for looking at prepared slides as well as small organisms such as those that might be collected by pond-dipping or rock-pooling. High-quality photographs and videos of specimens can be taken and stored directly on the iPad for later review or display.

I was initially slightly sceptical about the technology, but the setting up proved to be extremely easy. Once the app is downloaded directly from the app store the device is paired to a specific iPad, which takes a matter of seconds to establish connection. From then on, the iPad picks up the microscope quickly when they are both turned on. Crude focusing is done via manual movement of the lens housing or mast, and fine focusing is done by touch on the iPad screen. Initially I found it very difficult to focus the images reliably with any speed but with patience (and some advice from the manufacturer!) I discovered the knack of adjusting the relatively primitive but robust mast.  .  READ MORE

The Eden Project has bought ioLight microscopes and says they are “awesome”.

Cambridge University says “it produces high-quality images for rapid and high-resolution inspection of many samples, and is extremely convenient to use.”

In 2014 Richard Williams (Romsey) and Andrew Monk patented the ioLight Mobile Microscope...strong>


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 or iPhone 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,  ioLight Website/a>


Abbotswood Romsey Community Association Website

Abbotswood Community Centre Build Progress

It’s coming!! Earlier this week the Abbotswood community association trustees accompanied by TVBC Cllr Alison Johnston, Barbara Wyant – Abbotswood community development officer and Marianne Piggin -community engagement officer, had the fantastic opportunity to visit the site of the new Abbotswood community centre

TO READ MORE  Click Here

More coloured photos of Romsey in 1947

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Plaza Secondary School  reunion

Romsey Lantern Parade

The Parade was a real public participation event last December. About a thousand people with three hundred hand made lanterns walked through Romsey, making this one of the centre pieces of the evening. The band and choir made it truly enjoyable parade for everyone. Of course, before the parade all the lanterns have to be made including those of the sponsors who support the parade each year.

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Lantern Parade Website

Romsey Winter Carnival Success...

On Saturday 26th November 2016, the Winter Procession took place, starting from the Crosfield Hall car park.

Bell Street, Market Place, Church Street and The Hundred was closed from 17.30 for the Xmas Lights switch on and procession.

Click thumbnails below for Chas Burnett's excellent photos


Reg Calvert Book

This 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 available at Amazon.

Romsey's Pocket Microscope inventor

In 2014 Richard Williams (Romsey) and Andrew Monk patented the iolight Magnificent Mobile Microscope. 

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

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Romsey's  new author has 2nd book out

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 answer!    

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.

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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 ! xxxx    

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Urgently need old photos of the Latimer Arms pub in Latimer St. Romsey. Also Whales Mini Supermarket in Winchester Rd halfway between the two railway bridges. Now Cycle World.

I can scan any photos for you if required.

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Woodley Village Hall Community Coffee Shop

Next date

Friday April 28th

10pm - 12 noon

Pop in to our friendly, informal Coffee Shop. Enjoy a chat and a cup of coffee with a slice of cake. Meet new friends, or why not have a hand or shoulder massage.

For more info ring  01794 519495

Romsey's Royal Wedding

Romsonian's were out in force to greet the Queen in Romsey on 25th of June 2016 at one of the biggest weddings of the year. The Queen and Prince Philip arrived for  the wedding of the Honourable Alexandra Knatchbull, the daughter of Lord and Lady Brabourne, to Thomas Hooper. Prince Charles and Princess Anne were also at Romsey Abbey for the service.

Click below for Chas Burnett's excellent photos

Flying Scotsman passes through Romsey

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Greenways (Mandarin Chef) Restaurant in 1963

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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 medical appointment
The service is only provided in Romsey,
Romsey Extra, Ampfield and Braishfield
We can also provide transport to enable
people to visit relatives in hospital


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
so please 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.

Luzborough Camp memories


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 click 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.


US Army in Lockerley 1944


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 remains.


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About Romsey UK

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.

Romsey History

Middle Ages to the Civil War

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.

18th to 20th centuries

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 Extra.

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.
The recently 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.

Sadler's Mill

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.
Notable buildings

Romsey Abbey

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

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.

Places of interest

Broadlands - Stately home

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens - Gardens and arboretum

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.
Romsey Carnival
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.

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