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Romsey Heritage Trail

Romsey can be found in the heart of the Test Valley surrounded by beautiful countryside. The town dates back to the 8th century when workers were smelting iron on the slope below the current Town Hall. Its name is derived from Rum's Eg meaning Rum's area of dry land surrounded by marshes.

In the 10th century, the Benedictine abbey was founded and became one of England's leading abbeys of nuns. Henry VII closed the abbey in 1539 but the townsfolk bought their church for £100.

Meanwhile the town of Romsey flourished, its markets being a regular feature by the 11th century. the many watercourses through the town enables woollen-cloth working to become a specialist trade in the town, both fulling and dyeing woven cloth.

In 1607 King James I granted the town borough status, thus giving the town more autonomy under the leadership of a mayor and corporation. Later turnpike roads were established and a canal linking Southampton Water to Andover was opened, the increased number of travellers leading to a rise in the number of pubs and inns to cater for them.

The town started to grow in the first half of the 20th century and afer the Second World War, many people realised how nice a place Romsey is. It is now a thriving market town bursting with shops, businesses and events.

The trail ends here

Your trail ends here. Romsey has a long and fascinating history. This heritage trail highlights some of the town centre buildings and streets that have played a part in that story and which continue to evolve in today's changing world. 

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