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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Romsey was 16,998.
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First recorded as Rūm’s Eg (‘eg’ denoting an area of marshland, Rum most likely an abbreviation of the name of a chieftain or leader), in 907 Romsey became of note with the arrival of Romsey Abbey. The first Abbess was Elflaeda daughter of Edward the Elder and granddaughter of another notable Hampshire local, Alfred the Great.
Around 960 King Edgar the Peaceful put new nuns into what he renamed Romsey Convent. According to folklore, one of the first abbesses of this new order chanted psalms while standing naked in the River Test. Her predecessor had fled the abbey in 993 taking all the nuns and the convent’s treasures with her to Winchester after she had a dream that Viking raiders would attack the abbey. They did, sacking the town and burning the abbey to the ground. After the Vikings had cleared off (taking prisoners and valuables with them) the town was rebuilt along with a new abbey, constructed of stone.
The Normans were next to leave their mark, once again rebuilding the abbey which still stands to this day and dominates the town. A few years later King Henry I gave the town a charter which allowed it to hold a market. The town flourished thanks to the wool trade which dominated much of the South Downs thanks to the rolling hill, perfect for raising sheep.
Things remained peachy until 1348 when the Black Death killed half the town’s population and leaving just 19 nuns, however the abbey did survive the Dissolution in 1539 which helped retain the town’s status.
During the 1600s as Civil War ravaged England, the town was occupied and attacked repeatedly by both sides, often being plundered by the poorly fed and often ill-disciplined troops. Romsey’s wool trade continued to thrive and the waters of the Test also made it a perfect location for papermaking and a brewery, both of which flourished.
The building of a canal in the 1800s from Romsey to Redbridge brought further trade and Romsey was going places. Romsey’s population according to the 1801 census was 4,247, when compared to Southampton’s 8,000+ population at the time, it gives an idea of how important Romsey was during this period.
The arrival of the railway in 1847 (which used the same bed as the now abandoned canal) was welcomed but by then trade had started to slow. With Southampton becoming easier and faster to get to, there wasn’t as much need to stop at Romsey. The same century the later Prime Minister Lord Palmerston was born there.
Further famous folk arrived in the 20th century, most notably Lord Louis Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, he was the uncle of Prince Philip and a favourite of both the Queen and Prince Charles. A celebrated war hero and leader, after his death he was given a state funeral and buried at Romsey Abbey. Prince Charles and Princess Diana spent the first night of their honeymoon at his former home Broadlands.
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