Romsey: St Mary & St Ethelflaeda

Romsey: St Mary & St Ethelflaeda
Record Type:
Major Parish Church
Church code:

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I Listed Building
View more information about this Listed Building on the National Heritage List for England web site
Scheduled Monument?
There is no Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is not in a National Park

Conservation Area

The church is in the following Conservation Area: Romsey

Heritage At Risk Status

On Heritage At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Heritage at Risk Register

Approximate Date

Approximate Date:
Early Medieval

Exterior Image

Exterior image of 641296 Romsey Abbey
Exterior image of 641296 Romsey Abbey
Exterior image of 641296 Romsey Abbey
Year / Date:
Archbishops' Council

Summary Description

Romsey Abbey church is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in southern England, and is a member of the Greater Churches Network Dedicated to St Mary and St Ethelflæda, an Abbess of Romsey at the time of the first millennium, it was a nunnery until the Reformation, and its Abbesses included members of the royal family. The large Grade 1 listed church stands within a large open churchyard, and is the focal point of this attractive small town, which also boasts the Medieval St Johns Hall, as well as attractions related to the Mountbatten family. The church is particularly famous for its two Saxon Roods (carved stone depictions of the Crucifixion), one presently outside the church and the other at the east end. The church is open during the day, and the town has many catering outlets.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
Open everyday, free of charge. Guided tours on request. Disabled access. For further information see

Church Website

Church Website:

Sources and Further Information

Unknown (Unknown) Exterior image of 641296 Romsey Abbey [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 641296 Romsey Abbey
Antiquarian Horological Society (2015) AHS Turret Clock database Unique Number ID: 1689 [Digital Archive/Data]
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 8 Bells [Archive/Index]
8 Bells