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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 informationn 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.
I happened to discover this link where you might find some more information: Batchmates
In addition the following link which would be for interest only!: Property for sale
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


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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.

Strongs Brewery

07 February 2014

Details about Thomas Strong from Strongs Brewery can be found HERE

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