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Do you know of a Romsey relative who died in WW1?
Pete Chapman and Simon Pearce are gathering together a list in honour of these people and would like to hear from you if you know of someone to include. Contact here


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05 May 2014

Where might I find documentation about 1500's and 1600's Romsey residents - birth, marriage, death, wills, deeds, all that stuff?
The person I am interested in is John Anthony, who lived in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA from 1641 (or maybe a few years earlier) to 1675, when he died there.
Ellen Anthony, Connecticut, USA

Reply: Romsey Abbey burial list in those early years does not give a John Anthony, so you need to try any or all of the following links:
Hampshire Archives
Local History group (LTVAS)
General registry Office

Name: John Anthony - Mother: Frances Anthony - Father: John Anthony Death: 28 Jul 1675 - Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA
These are the details given on but you have to pay to join needing a Worldwide membership in order to get more information. You might find some earlier US details on but need the Worldwide membership to look at the Romsey connection.
I can see there are several births of a John Anthony mentioned, none with birth mother called Frances. But there are several given without any family details, registered in the county of Dorset.


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17 September 2014

Looking for information about John Bentley of Romsey. He married Rosetta Friend in 1789 in Eling, Southampton. Subsequently lived in London, but sons, James, Edward, John and George moved to South Australia in around 1879. James gives his occupation as Carpenter. One daughter, Mary Anne remained in England.
Any information about the Bentley or Friend family would be so helpful. Thank you.

Reply: There are no Bentleys listed in the present day telephone directory - and even if there were it would be highly unlikely they would have relatives that far back in time. There are no Bentleys listed in the list of gravestones or the list of Romsey mayors either, so I do not have any other resources to locate your ancestor.
His marriage in Eling, which is a suburb of Southampton, so close to Romsey would no doubt have been the home of his wife, Rosetta Friend, since it was customary to marry in the home of the bride. Maybe they met one another socially, but clearly John Bentley lived in London so made his future home there. You have already researched that location.
Sorry none of that is much help but I will put a resume of your query on the 2014 genealogy page, which will include your email address so if anyone refers there with information they can contact you.

Bickley House School

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26 June 2015
Peter Copeland:

I wonder if you can help me with tracing the whereabouts of pupils from that school?
I attended there from 1949 to 1955. The head teacher was Dorcas Hunt and then moved on to Peter Symonds in Winchester. My family then relocated to Lincolnshire and I've spent the last 40 years working in north Scotland.
I would like to find out what happened to the school and when it ceased functioning. Any former pupils would be a great source of information I am sure. Michael Dayus was a pupil and his father was a local vet. Elizabeth Longman came from West Wellow, these are just several names that spring to mind.
I would be grateful for any contact information that you may be able to provide.
Peter Copeland.

Reply: I have found various pieces of information about Bickleigh House School, but not about the people you have mentioned. I give links below:
(2007) See under S Salway "Further information about Bickleigh House School". This information will have been supplied at the time by the local history group - (LTVAS) A further enquiry there might also be of further help.
Or you might find more details of those specific people at either of the links at the top of this page - Hampshire Archives or The General Registry Office.


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12 February 2014
Elaine Race

Just found your list of Romsey Mayors and believe the J S Hollis in 1801 may be Joseph Samuel Hollis who was a book seller, stationer and printer in Romsey between 1790-1825. Joseph Samuel was the bondsman at my ggg grandfather's (George Hollis) weddings at Winchester in 1792 and 1802 and was either his brother or cousin. George was the Under Sheriff of Winchester for about 35 years and was inclined to be involved in the politics of the time. Joseph Samuel was listed as a corporate officer of Romsey Infra for many years.

More information from Elaine:
Taken from Hampshire Chronicle, Monday 23 February 1829:
"Joseph Samuel Hollis died, on the 15th inst. at Lyndhurst, in the New Forest, Mr Joseph Samuel Hollis, aged 64. He has lately resided there to perform the duties of his office as one of the Regarders, which he had held for upwards of 20 years.
He had for upwards of 30 years lived at Romsey, as a respectable bookseller and printer, and had twice been Mayor, and died the father of that Corporation; and the respect shewn to his memory, by several members of it, since his death, must gratify and console his surviving relatives and friends."

Reply: Thank you so much for all this information. I will pass it on to the local history group and apply the details on Romseynet Postbox and Genealogy pages for other readers. People can contact me direct if required.


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28 September 2013
Margaret Bain:

I am researching the Hall family of Romsey - not the brewery family ! Kate Hall was born on 19 june 1850 in Lea Court Romsey. Parents James Hall and Mary Power. She had four children Henry Thomas Hall 1867 Charles Robert Hall 1869 Edith Kate Hall 1872 Tom Hall 1880. The only mention of their father is on Henry's marriage certificate in 1887 as Henry Thomas Hall deceased. I can find no trace of Kate's marriage or death. Any help or suggestions gratefully received.

Reply: Sorry not to have any specific information to help you. I assume you have looked at the Hampshire Archives - link above. Perhaps someone reading here might be able to help.


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03 January 2013
Paul Dashwood:

I am researching the Holmes side of my family tree and I have successfully gone back as far as Richard Holmes, c1810-1843, a Surveyor of Taxes in Southampton.
His son Henry was a Hampshire County Cricketer and professional umpire from the 1860's onwards and was born in Romsey. Henry's son, also Henry, my Great-Grandfather, was the Superintendent of the Line for the L&SWR and his daughter Dora was my Grandmother.
It is likely that Richard was born in Romsey, I believe to Henry and Elizabeth Maria Holmes, in August 1810 - Parish Registry entries are available online for the baptism of Richard and his brother Henry (b1811) and I am assuming this is the same Richard as my forbear.
The likely age of Richard's father named in the baptismal entry would make Henry Holmes, Town Clerk and Palmerston's agent, a likely candidate but as yet I have not found any conclusive proof. A baptismal entry also exists for a Henry Holmes for 1784 - father Richard, mother Mary - which could also be the same Henry Holmes as the Town Clerk. Any information that would clear the muddy waters for me would be gratefully received.

Reply: Henry Holmes - listed as Mayor of Romsey in 1811 and Accountant - See the link to all Romsey Mayors on the left of the page

La Sagesse

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Mary Monaghan 27 September 2013

La Sagesse Convent
60 years ago I was a pupil at the Convent and was very happy there. As a boarder I enjoyed school life to the full. My query is, what has happened to the school buildings particularly the structure at the bottom of the drive? I received a news cutting from the Echo stating that the miracle room was to be demolished along with the rest of the building. Can you confirm that this is true and if it's not, what actually is happening to my Alma Mater?

Reply 1: from Romsey History Society:
The Convent site has changed considerably in the last few years. The school closed some years ago, and the buildings have been converted or replaced by others. The junior school, for example, is now Wisdom House, a place of retreat, meditation and prayer, where rooms are for hire to suitable groups.

I have on a couple of occasions given talks there (one only a few weeks ago) to a Carers' Group organised by TVBC, who provide a venue for those they care for. The Carers are mostly older people looking after spouses with various problems, who come for chat, refreshment and support with a lovely girl who runs the sessions. Sometimes it's just a social get-together. The atmosphere in this building is beautifully calm and peaceful.

Further west and nearly opposite is the completely new Marie Claire Nursing Home, where some of the elderly nuns themselves spend their days as well as those who pay for their residence there.

As regards Abbey House, including the miracle room, this had deteriorated badly and had to be demolished. The front facade only was retained and a new home for the nuns built behind. From the road it looks just the same, but I understand that the nuns are delighted with their new facilities.

One other recent addition is just inside the gate on the right (behind the house), where there is free access to a meditation maze.

Reply 2:
You might be able to get a few more details from the contacts in this PDF. La Sagesse Convent


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January 2012
Janet Shaw:

I'm looking for descendants of Reginald Henry PHILPOT, born Kingston, Surrey to Henry John PHILPOT and Georgina BUTTANSHAW 1893 and died 1969 at Romsey, Hampshire.
He married Marian Charlotte I. HOPKINSON in 1917 at Kensington and had two sons
John L born Jul-Sept 1918 at Kensington, London (Reference 1A 127)
Robert James born 12 Oct 1925 Kensington, (1A 115) died Oct - Dec 1978 London City (14/0945)
Then in 1945 he (Reginald Philpot) seems to have married Kathleen Joan TEE (born 27 March 1912, Brentford) in 1945 at Surrey South Western.
Kathleen Joan PHILPOT died (NB death registered also as K J REGINALD-PHILPOT) June 1987 at Romsey, Hampshire ( 20 985 687)
Antony Laurence Philpot born 11 Sept 1947 Romsey, Hampshire (6B 897) and died July 2002 at Salisbury, Wiltshire (795 1B B58C 082 702)
Godfrey A Philpot born Oct-Dec 1948 Romsey, Hampshire (6B 758)
Charles E Philpot born Jan - Mar 1952 Winchester, Hampshire (6B 963)
Peter R Philpot born Jan - Mar 1952 Winchester, Hampshire (6B 964 - twins?)

I have found that there were several Reginald PHILPOTs and even another Reginald Henry PHILPOT born about the same time in London, so I am curious to find out if the above relates to the same man with two different wives.
I am hoping that since his death in 1968 was in Romsey and fairly recent, someone will be able to help me.
I am in Auckland, NZ so that it is not that easy to research in England. Regards, Janet Shaw.

Reply: Have you tried the Hampshire Archives? Address at the top of page. Maybe someone looking here might be able to help. The Romsey burial Ground is at Botley Cemetery, but although it is possible to get confirmation of Kathleen Philpot, there would not be any other details there, but since the death is also registered as K J REGINALD-PHILPOT, it might be worth a try. I will see if the local archaological group can help with that and if so I will add their comment here.

Reply 2: There is no one in the burial ground called either Kathleen or Reginald Philpot, so either they were buried outside Romsey or, more likely they were cremated.

Salmon Leap

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18 April 2012 -

I remember walking to the Salmon Leap when .....or about 1958 or so Can you let me know is it still there and if / when the salmon might be leaping?

This is a picture of the walkway to Sadlers Mill, over the arch across the river where the salmon are supposed to leap. Sadly I am not able to advise if they still do or what is the most appropriate time to see them.
Maybe reading about salmon generally - from Google search might advise about their lifestyle habits.
There are also details about Sadlers Mill in various genealogy pages on Romseynet.


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Bryan Cooper

Strongs Brewery
Sent: Wed 05 Feb 2014
Subject: Thomas Strong

I have been researching my ancestor, Thomas Strong, of Strong & Co of Romsey and have put my results on the following web-site
When you do this sort of thing there is always a lot more question that need answering. So I would be very grateful for any additional information on the subject. It could be your ancestor worked for the brewery or you have some memorabilia or family stories you would care to share with a wider audience.

My main area of research has been the period before David Faber took over the Brewery, and as a consequence there is very little information available on romseynet. So I am hoping I may spark up a bit of interest from the Romsey community who maybe able to provide extra bits and pieces to the jigsaw. It would be nice to find out such things as what did Faber initially pay for Strong & Co., and what licence premises he bought and so on? And yes I know Hampshire records office will probably have the information. However I live 290 miles away, as a consequence it not that easy to pursue the matter, and since Strong & Co records are not indexed it could be very expensive to pay for a professional researcher to do the work.
In 1859 in the Romsey addition of Whites directory for that year is listed under the sub-heading "Hundred Brewery" is the firm of Strong & Wiles, Horsefair. I wonder who Wiles was? Do you think your genealogy section would be able to help me on that one?
I have written a letter to the Daily Echo which i hope they publish, so hopefully we will get a little further with Thomas's story

If you use the Search facility on Romseynet there are a lot of details about Strongs Brewery. If you would like more details about your family as opposed to the Brewery itself I could put it on my genealogy page, but would need more details about the people you want to find out about.

Reply 2: from Romsey History Society:
Your request about the Thomas Strong brewery has been passed to me as a member of Romsey History Society (LTVAS Group). We do have a fair bit of information about the Strong brewery prior to David Faber's arrival. Faber bought it along with several other small common breweries in the town and general locality. Among them was the Hundred Brewery belonging to Jesser & Cressey, its name coming from the road called The Hundred where its entrance was.
Your easiest way of finding cohesive information is by buying our book 'So Drunk He Must Have Been to Romsey' (2nd edition) at £5.95. You can order it via our website, which is
You may be interested to know that the book contains two full-page copies of the sales particulars for the sale of Thomas Strong's brewery in 1875, when it was also known as The Horsefair Brewery (again because the entrance was in the short length of street called The Horsefair). The book falls into two parts, the first being a survey of drinking places and brewing in Romsey and the second being devoted to individual pubs that have been or are around the town.

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