Hampshire Treasures

Volume 9 ( Test Valley South)

Page 103 - Nursling and Rownhams

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Three miles south-east of Romsey and immediately west of Chilworth, the parish borders Southampton District and carries the M27 from Chilworth to Ower over the River Test. The village of Nursling in the west of the parish is the location of the monastery from which St. Boniface set out on his missionary expedition in the C.8 to convert the Germans to Christianity. The monastery was destroyed by the Danes, but the parish church of St. Boniface still stands, dating from the early C.14. Not far from the church stands Grove Place, a splendid early Elizabethan house built by Sir Francis Knollys and used for a while by Elizabeth I as a hunting lodge.

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