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Olde Romsey Pubs & Shops

W E Herberts

W.E. Herbert a Romsey Ironmonger shop in the Hundred having a closing down sale.

Herberts also had a buildings maintenance section in Latimer St. including plumbers, electricians, carpenters and bricklayers.

Romsey Pubs & Business's in the 50's & 60's

The late Mike Thomas Wrote

"Elsewhere on the Woodley Net website there is plenty of information about the origins and the history of “PUBS”.  After reading these I thought I would keep my efforts more personal. The reason for this, I had worked for Jenkins & Sons (Builders) renovating many of the pubs in and around Romsey. It seems that Romsey, in much earlier times had 81 public houses. Therefore, I got to thinking,  “how many pubs were there in my time”?  After thinking for a while and consulting with Chris (the editor). I  have come up with a list of thirty-four pubs for Romsey and the surrounding area during the period between 1950 and 1965.  Rack your brains, do your recall any that I have missed?"

Here's my list of Romsey area pubs...

Pubs Closed Pubs Still Open

Abbey Hotel

Angel Hotel (Bell St)

Bricklayers Arms (Banning St)

Cross Keys (Bell St)

Crown (Winchester Rd)

Dolphin (Cornmarket)

Fleming Arms (Alma Rd)

King’s Head (now Koh Thai Tapas)

Latimer Arms

Lansdown Arms, (Church St)


Newport Inn, (Braishfield)

Old House at Home, (Crampmoor)

Queens Head (Bell St & The Hundred)

Railway View (Station Rd)

Red Lion (The Hundred)

Sawyers (The Hundred)

Sceptre (The Hundred)

Vine Inn (Cherville St)

Bear and Ragged Staff

Bishop Blaize

Baddesley Arms (Now the "OX")

Dog and Crook

Duke’s Head

Hunters Inn

Horse and Jockey (now The Cromwell)


Mill Arms

Old  House at Home *

Phoenix (reopened Sept 2014)


Sun Inn

Three Tuns

Tudor Rose



White Horse

William 1V (Now the "Tipsy Pig")

Romsey Shops And Business's Of The Past

Recalling names and places, even from ones own town, can prove quite a challenge after quite a few years. Although over the years my thoughts, memories and visits have come to the fore. It is still difficult to recall all of the great pubs and the businesses.  These are a few that I remember...


Bell Street Plaza Parade
Alans sweet shop (Dorsey) All Electric
Brown & Son Gwen Whites
Bubbear Cycle Shop Hart’s Ladies Hairdresser
Butt & Son Butcher Pearce Restaurant
Crook J  3 Ray Adams cobbler
Davidson's Cycles  
Dukes Mill The Hundred
Duval dry cleaners  
Edward Allan 1 Advance Cleaners
Elcock W J Atherley Cleaners
Mitchell (Tobacconist) Barret, Thomas (Coal & oil stores)
Pearce Popular Restaurant   Baxters Butchers
Romsey Carpet & Bedding Centre Bill Collin’s Café
Romsey Fruit Market Bryant Seeds
Susan Gown Bolloms (Drycleaners)  15-17
The Fisherman  
Wells & Son butchers Carman (Car spares)
  Central Cycles Stores
Botley Rd Chases Victoria Restaurant
T Viney Stores Daily C J
  Dee Discount
Church Street Dewhurst Butchers  19
  Drew Brothers Butchers
Abbey Music Store Dowley’s Men’s Shop
Ben Lomers Hairdresser Duval Cleaners
Boots Elcombes (seeds)  21
Finch (Hairdresser) Four Deeze Café
Frank Reads Finlays
Grifiths Chemist Frisbys (shoes)  25
Guard Department Store Flynns Cleaners
Hazel Chemists Geoff Hattersley
  Gunner’s Shoe Repairs
Herberts China Shop Hardware House
Holloway (Chemist)  
  Hayward Fishmonger
Hyde Herbert’s W E   13 (Ironmongers)
Jumbo's Cafe Hobb’s TV Radio 23
Kelsalls Holman’s Greengrocers
Lehmann (Jeweller) Home & Colonial (Grocers)
McIllroy Hutching's Greengrocery
Misselbrook & Weston Hyde W P
Moody's fishing tackle International Stores (2 Locations) 26-28
  Iremonger Basket maker
Misslebrook and Weston Jenkins & Sons. Builders
Phillips (Tabbacconist)  
KVE grocers Johnsons Wool & Drapery
Romsey Hobbies Kerseys
Romsey & District Co-Operative Society Lollipop Shop
Romsey Drugstores Liptons (Grocers)
Romsey Motorcycles London Meat Company
Simco Maid Marion (Hairdresser)
Sillence (Newsagent) Mitchell Garage
Slater, William (Chemist & photographer) Nix Jewelers'
Stubbins Parsons Hairdressers
Tates TV Pearce’s Victoria Restaurant  20
Teague & King Pink and Sons (Grocers)
Viney S Purchases
Wheeler Coffee Tea Shop Romsey Jam Factory
Winkies Romsey Fruit Market
Cornmarket Share (Chemists)
  Sports Mann
Co-Operative Stares C K
Hook Bros Sullivan J F Garage
Romsey Newsagents (Fourboys) Timothy Whites
Stares the Butcher The Snuff Box
Wool Shop Town and Country Driving School
  Walters J H
Latimer Street Waitrose
  Waterman, M (Tobacconist)
Boddingtons's fish & chips Withers (Decorating materials)
Chas Smith’s Wildman & Son Bakery
Dennis Smiths (Builders) Wilkins Bakers
  Woolworths  22-24
Emerys (Newsagent)  
Gary Webb Butchers  
Herberts (Builders)  
  Winchester Road
Vokes Paper Shop  
  Emery Post Office
Webbs Mini-Grill Kincaid’s Fish and Chips
  Greenways Restuarant
  Handy Shop
Moreys (Confectioners)
Market Place
Arthur Cooper Off Licence Oram F (Chemist)
Boots Palmerston Cafe
Capital Counties Bank Pet Emporium
Courage Off Licnce Pinnick
Curtis T H Portman Building Society
Dumpers (Restuarant) Ralls E E Butcher
Elys (Ironmongers) Romsey Press
Farmers Shoe Shop Sales (Chemist)
Fisk (Chemist) Shaw (Chemist)
Fuller, Smith & Turner Off Licence Southern Electricity
Harding Fish & Paultry Summerbee Off Licence
Hant’s & Dorset Bus Company Syd H Sawbridge
Kirkman (Chemist) Tuck  Clock & Watches
Lowman's Bakery Shop Waters C T
London Central Meat Company Webbers
London City & Midland Bank  
Lloyds Bank  
Lordon Printers