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Romsey's Royal Wedding
Romsonian's were out in force to greet the Queen in Romsey today 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.
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Coming Soon to Braishfield...
The Braishfield Social Club are celebrating 50 years of being in its present location at Common Hill Road Braishfield on 22,23,24 July this year.
We are also incorporating our annual Beer Festival with the celebrations.
Any present or past members are welcome and any photos of the old or new club are welcome
Flying Scotsman passes through Romsey
New Comments feature on Woodley Net
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Romsey man's invention, the ioLight microscope launches
In 2014 Richard Williams (Romsey) and Andrew Monk patented the 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.
Magnificent Mobile Microscope sales launch
ioLight announces pre-launch of the first 100 Microscopes. ioLight
is delighted to announce the launch of the first batch of just 100 microscopes
on their website at http://iolight.co.uk.
Open Letter From The New Chief Constable Of Hampshire Constabulary, Olivia Pinkney
I have always believed effective policing is at the heart of healthy society. That is why Hampshire Constabulary can't afford to just maintain its position as a good police force. It must become a standard bearer for protecting the most vulnerable and reducing offending. And, as your new Chief Constable, I am excited about taking on this challenge.
West of Romsey Abbey improvements 2016
The road works at west end of Romsey Abbey have now been completed.
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Greenways (Mandarin Chef) Restaurant in 1963
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Romsey area old railways and trains
Just to remind you Woodley Net has 5 excellent pages on Romsey and districts trains and stations including Nursling, Stockbridge and Horsebridge. Three new photos by Neil Kearns have just been added. Click thumbnails below to view 5 pages of photos
Police Message for young football enthusiasts
Good Morning, We are running the community sports football engagement again this year, its free for 7-16 year olds to attend, due to the recent poor weather we are holding the first event tomorrow at Romsey Secondary School on the astro turf and please note the change of time for this engagement we are running it between 1530 -1730 hrs. Hope to see you there. Other sessions will take place during school holidays on Tuesdays up to October Half-term.
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New Video on Woodley Net
The Romsey WAR HORSE MEMORIAL UNVEILING which took place last July had a parade through the town involving representation from the British Army, King's Troop RHA, Household Cavalry, Royal Army Veterinary Corps, The King's Royal Hussars, Royal British Legion, and local Cadet Forces. The parade was led by Romsey Old Cadet Band. There is now a video of some of the bands in Bell Street by Julia Cook on the Woodley Net Video Player HERE
Romsey's Boxing Day Classic Car & Bike Meet
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Changing face of TV's
Ten years ago a 32inch CRT TV would have cost you well over £1000 and it was so big and heavy you could injure yourself moving it around your house. Now you can buy a super slim, super light TV with a similar size screen for half the price and better still not only High Definition but now 4K TVs are becoming readily available READ MORE
War Horse Statue in a new light
New road layout in Church Street
Blessing of the War Horse photos
275 homes and sports centre planned for Ganger Farm.. Starting?
Barratt and David Wilson Homes have announced plans for a 30-acre sports centre at Ganger Farm. They are also planning 275 homes, of which 20 per cent would be affordable, The developers said they were “acutely aware” of recent flooding issues in Romsey. It said Ganger Farm is on gravel, allowing surface water to seep into the ground and has a drainage outlet through wet woodland.
The proposed new housing estate on the 'pick your own' fields near Jermyns Lane came a bit closer this morning when a digger arrived (Sept 18th)
They aim to have a storage tank beneath the sports pavilion car park which will hold water run-off which can then be used for watering the sports pitches. Sports centre plans will include all-weather pitches, 12 changing rooms, a viewing gallery, and a bar or café.
Kersey the jeweler has closed
Jeweller FW Kersey and Son in the Hundred a popular Romsey business has closed temporarily, it first opened in Bell Street in 1888 and the business then moved to the current premises in 1912. Owner Simon Kersey said: "The premises are in need of some renovation, so we are downsizing and hoping to open a jewelers elsewhere in the town." He added that it is not known yet where the new site will be. Kersey's china shop, next to the jewellery business, has also shut. It is widely rumored the new shop will be in Latimer St, previously a newsagent shop.
Man climbs crane in Botley Rd
Daredevil James Kingston used a GoPro camera to film himself walking down that crane in Botley Rd, Romsey. As if the descent was not harrowing enough, watch him carefully walk around a baby pigeon because he doesn’t want to scare it. In between bouts of heavy breathing, he manages to crack a couple of jokes, like, “I also need the toilet, so I should probably head down anyway.”
The crane is being used for construction of retirement homes
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Abbey Hotel taken over by White Horse Hotel
White Horse Hotel in Romsey have bought a nearby pub, the Abbey Hotel, White Horse Hotel managers say this is good news for Romsey in more ways than one. Besides providing more accommodation – the £500,000 plans which include transforming the Abbey Hotel into an inn with nine-bedrooms and a honeymoon suite – the project will bring more than a dozen jobs.
They will rebrand it as the Abbey Inn. Work on revamping the Abbey Hotel building will start next month. They hope to open in January.
Romsey Memorial Park improvement works.. August 9th
Work has now finished on the new kiosk in the Memorial Park and Chas Burnett has kindly sent me the latest photo.
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Michelmersh in May 1861
Thanks to Sue Oats...
Pitch and Toss. Silas Bundy, Arthur Вundу, Joseph Tongs, Frederick Bloomfield and William and Frederick Sillence were charged with playing pitch-and-toss, on Sunday last. the 5th inst. at Michelmersh , near Romsey. The whole of the defendants pleaded guilty with the exception of Arthur Bundy. Police constable William Evington deposed that on Sunday, the 5th inst., about eleven o'clock in the morning, he saw a party of boys in the road, about half-a-mile from the village, and on getting nearer to them he saw that they were all throwing half-pence up in the air. He saw the mark they were pitching at ın the middle of the road; but as soon as they saw him they ran away. He had had occasion to speak to almost all of them before about it, but they had not taken much notice of it. Superintendent Hull said that as many complaints had been made to him about this rapidly increasing nuisance, he had felt it his duty to send a policeman in plain clothes to watch the proceedings of the men and boys in the village on Sundays. and he was determined to put a stop to it at once. The magistrates ﬁned them half-a-crown each , and cautioned them against offending any more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
The Prince and Princess of Wales spent the first
night of their honeymoon at Broadlands.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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