Hampshire Treasures

Volume 9 ( Test Valley South)

Page 143 - Romsey Extra

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A large parish of 3,306 hectares with a population of 2,792, which surrounds the town of Romsey and includes the villages of Abbotswood, Ashfield, Lee, Moorcourt, Skidmore, Pauncefoot, Halterwood and Stanbridge Earls. The latter village was a royal possession in Saxon times, and the C.17 house is said to be on the site of King Aethelwulf's manor house.

Broadlands House is set on the River Test immediately to the south of Romsey and Viscount Palmerston employed Lancelot ("Capability") Brown to improve the mansion in 1767-8. Further alterations were made by Holland in 1788. Lord Palmerston, the Victorian Prime Minister was born here, and the house was the home of the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

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