I’ve left my lovely husband on our yacht Fandancer in Greece, while I’m back in England for a few weeks to catch up with family and friends. While I’ve been back in the UK I’m staying in my recently vacated rental property in Romsey.
Romsey is a small market town in the county of Hampshire, England.
It is 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Southampton, and 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Winchester.
Romsey was home of the 20th-century soldier and statesman Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the 19th-century British prime minister Lord Palmerston.
Broadlands, the nearby large country house formerly the home of Earl Mountbatten, is now is occupied by Lady Brabourne and is open to the public on weekdays in the summer.
Romsey lies on the River Test, which is known for fly fishing, predominantly trout. A large Norman abbey dominates the centre of the town. There are some very old buildings in the town, some dating from the 16th century, or earlier than this.
I had a lovely walk around the town yesterday, and took a few photos. About 200 metres along my road, is Romsey’s little theatre….
A little further on, is a popular local pub, festooned with beautiful flowers.
Another plaque, showing the history of Romsey…
In the middle of Romsey, is the famous abbey.
In the town, you can find many tea rooms, cafes and ice cream shops.
I then came across the Romsey Rose, a sculpture commissioned in 2005. It is based on a simplified version of the five-sided Hampshire rose, supported at 45° on round-headed archways like those found in Romsey Abbey.
Next tine, I’ll tell you more about Romsey abbey….