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The local area guide to living in Romsey

The quaint market town of Romsey can be found in the South region of Hampshire, just a short journey from both Winchester and Southampton. Offering a charming selection of wonderfully preserved buildings and expansive countryside overlooking the River Test, it is well known for being the location of Romsey Abbey; one of the best longstanding examples of Norman Architecture that the UK has to offer.

Romsey was founded all the way back in 907 and has since grown and prospered, surviving Viking attacks and the plague which depleted half the town’s population in the year 1348. It thrived from the wool and tanning industries until the mid-18th century in which brewing, papermaking and sack-making all took over, and became important economic trades for the village.

Today, the village has expanded as a market town; playing host to regular continental and farmers markets on several weekdays throughout the week.

Information about the local residents

The population of Romsey has remained steady over the previous two census reports, at a constant of around 17,000 residents. This number is expected to fall slightly over the coming years, however the current figures suggest that once people move into the area, they don’t want to leave!

The largest age group are the 21.8% aged between 45-59, with the second largest being the 19.5% aged 30-44. Interestingly, those aged 25-29 are one of the smallest age groups, suggesting that the village is more popular with those who are middle-aged and above.

Nearby schools

Romsey has several nearby primary schools, such as Halterworth Primary School; an ‘Outstanding’ institution situated on Romsey’s outskirts since 1971. Other primaries include Romsey Abbey Church of England Primary School, and Cupernham Junior School, both of which received ‘Good’ ratings from their respective Ofsted reports.

The Mountbatten comprehensive secondary school is an 11-16 school which has been around since 1969. Another popular secondary school in the area is The Romsey School Academy. Both of these are co-educational schools which achieved ‘Good’ Ofsted ratings.

The nearest institutes for further education can be located in Southampton (University of Southampton and Southampton Solent) and Bournemouth (University of Bournemouth) just a short journey south.

Getting around

Romsey train station is located on the Wessex Mainline, and is a beautiful Grade II listed building opened in 1847. There are regular trains to the South coast operated by First Great Western, stopping at Southampton and Bournemouth; journeys which take up to 30 minutes and just over an hour respectively. There are also trains offered to nearby Winchester and Salisbury.

Romsey has several regular bus routes, travelling to various surrounding locations. There are also several school services carrying pupils the outskirts of Romsey where many of the secondary schools can be located.

The M27 and the M3 motorways are both a short distance away, and provide connections to the south coast, with Southampton being just 7 miles away. London can also be reached from these roads.

For those feeling particularly active, there are excellent cycle links all the way to Southampton.

Things to do

For those interested in Romsey’s cultural heritage, there are several sightseeing opportunities, including Romsey Abbey, an outstanding example of architecture which has survived since the 10th Century. King John’s house is an equally exciting medieval building with intriguing features (such as a floor made from animal bones). The Memorial Park, and Sadler’s Mill are also highly characteristic and make excellent walking routes along the river Test which is beautiful all year round.

There are several restaurants and places to eat out, including Dish Deli, and the White Horse pub. The Three Tuns is also an excellent local pub, with a real community vibe to it.

Shopping wise, Bradbeers Department Store is a large shop stocked with everything you could need, and the frequent markets held two or three times each week have a wide selection of goods.


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