Romsey Abbey and it's History

Enjoy an armchair tour of the Romsey Abbey with detailed photographs and text.

A project by Roy Romsey  -  Romsey Local History Society


This huge medieval Norman Abbey, dating from 1120 AD, overlooks the charming town of Romsey in the Test Valley of southern England.

The original church was founded in 907 AD by King Edward the Elder, whose daughter, Elthelfraeda, was its first abbess (grand daughter of King Alfred the Great).

Scroll to select uniquely detailed photographs with descriptive text

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Brief History
A brief History of Romsey Abbey
Master Grid Plan for location of all areas of Romsey Abbey.

NB: For the location of corbels follow an older and different location corbel plan.
Stained Glass Windows
Carved Corbels
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In 1911, Henry Walters purchased almost 100 gold artifacts from the Chiriqui region of western Panama, creating a core collection of ancient American art. Now strengthened by long-term loans and generous gifts from private collectors, the Ancient American galleries feature exceptional works of art from Central and South America, including masterpieces from the Mesoamerican Olmec, Aztec, and Maya cultures, as well as the Moche and Inca peoples of eastern South America.

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Memorial tablets
Romsey Abbey Memorial Tablets
Kneelers crafted by the Romsey Abbey Ladies Guild
Silver Icon of St Basil The Great
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Fabric of Abbey
There are a number of areas being monitored for cracked stonework, as illustrated here in the clerestory level of the Abbey location C-J09-05. (P1100882)
Abbey Links
Gift Shop
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Romsey Abbey Windows
Romsey Abbey Corbels

Images are from the collection of over 10,000 abbey photographs in the Roy Romsey library.  A project recording the inventory of  Romsey Abbey under the auspices of Romsey Local History Society (LTVAS).

With thanks and acknowledgements to David Johnson, Alec Morley, Terry Proctor and the many sources of information consulted. 

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An armchair guide to the medieval Norman Abbey of Romsey UK. by Roy Romsey - LTVAS

Created by Roy Romsey.Southampton UK. - member of Romsey Local History Society

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