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OBJECT OF THE WEEK: The Surveyors Chain

    This chain was used to measure lengths accurately and reliably. The  flat end off the “D” was laid on a known point and the surveyor stands on the chain. At the other end  the survey assistant was directed

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OBJECT OF THE WEEK: Cup from Drinking Fountain

  William Cowper- Temple , MP, of Broadlands was ahead of his time. A teetotaller and vegetarian, he was a keen supporter of religious tolerance, the environment and animal welfare. In 1886, by which time he was Lord Mount Temple,

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OBJECT OF THE WEEK: Curio From Romsey Abbey

This wooden box bears the following inscription: ‘Part of the apple tree cut down on the top of Romsey Church, 1821.’ In the 18th and early 19th century Romsey Abbey was badly neglected, and the apple tree that grew on

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OBJECT OF THE WEEK: Eighteenth Century Wig Curlers

Box6-3WigCurlers Discovered in Cherville Street, Romsey, in the 1980’s, these wig curlers are thought to have belonged to a John Marsh, who lived in Romsey from 1767 to 1776. Fashion in the eighteenth century, especially the latter half of the

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OBJECT OF THE WEEK: Romsey Townswomen’s Guild Banner

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This banner belonged to the Romsey Townswomen’s Guild, which was established in 1929. After the impact of the Suffragette movement in the late 19th and early 20th cen tury, and the role of women during the First World War, women

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Post Medieval Bone Floor

A post medieval feature of house construction was a bone floor created from the knucklebones of sheep and, in rare cases, cattle and horses. Although these types of floors were widespread for a very short period between the late 17th

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Robert Smeetham’s Scout Medal of Merit

  Robert Smetham was a local Romsey lad who was known for his heroic action in stopping a runway horse and cart from trampling over people on market day held on 22 February 1912. He hung on to the horse

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Victorian Sunday School Rewards

“> This week’s object is a pair of porcelain money boxes given to children for regular attendance at Sunday Schools. These particular money boxes were awarded to a Romsey girl in the 1870s or ‘80s and have been given to

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Medieval Face Jug

From the Thirteenth Century, craftsmen became more creative with the way they decorated their wares. At King John’s House we have an example of this in the form of a medieval face jug. The jugs were intended to be both

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Lord Louis Mountbatten’s Inkwell

Last week marked the 36th anniversary of the death of Lord Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Mountbatten was killed by an IRA bomb whilst fishing off the coast of Ireland. He was both a member of the Royal Family,

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King John’s Tweets