By Tim Lambert

Early Romsey

907 AD A Benedictine abbey is founded at Romsey

993 The Danes burn Romsey

Early 12th Century King Henry I gives Romsey a charter and confirms the right to hold a weekly market and an annual fair

1340 Romsey has a population of about 1,000. The main industry is making wool.

1526 Plague strikes Romsey

1539 Henry VIII closes Romsey Abbey

1544 The townspeople purchase the Abbey Church

1560 Romsey has a population of about 1,500

1607 Romsey is made a borough

1643 During the Civil War the Royalists occupy Romsey. They flee after a skirmish with the Parliamentarians but return at the end of 1644. The Royalists finally leave in January 1645.

1750 The wool industry in Romsey ends

1767 Broadlands is built

1794 A canal passes through Romsey

19th Century Romsey

1800 Kents Almshouses are built

1801 The population of Romsey is 4,274

1810 A body of men called Improvement Commissioners is formed to pave, clean and light the streets of Romsey

1834 Gas light is used to light the streets instead of oil

1847 The railway reaches Romsey

1858 Strongs Brewery opens

1866 A new Town Hall is built

1867 A statue of Lord Palmerston is erected

20th Century Romsey

1901 The population of Romsey is 5,597

1921 War Memorial Park opens


A view of Romsey

Mid 1960s Whitenap Estate is built

1966 Budds Lane Industrial Estate opens

1978 Broadlands House opens to the public

1981 Strongs Brewery opens

1984 Plaza Theatre opens

1997 Brewing returns to Romsey. Hampshire Brewery moves to the town.

2008 The brewery closes

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