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The Town Hall is an excellently-built lofty edifice of red brick, with Bath stone dressings, erected in 1866, where petty sessions and the county court are held, and the municipal and public business is transacted.
The Assembly Rooms are large and convenient, where lectures and entertainments are continually taking place during the winter season.
The Corn Exchange is also a fine building, occupying a prominent position between the Corn Market and Market Place, and is used for public meetings, and as an auction mart, &c., being also the head quarters and drill room of the 11th Hants Rifle Volunteers.
Broadlands, the birth-place of the late Viscount Pal-merston, K.C,B.. K.G., who resided here until his death, is now the residence of the Right Honorable Lord Mount Temple. It is a grand mansion, built of white brick, beautifully located on a high eminence on the east side of the river Test, commanding extensive views of the surrounding neighbourhood, the scenery being most picturesque, and the park well wooded. The first Lord Palmerston purchased it in 1728 of the St. Barbe family, it having been in their possession for nearly two centuries. The mansion was enlarged by the second Lord Palmerston, in 1770. The gardens and pleasure grounds are extensive and handsome, winding down to the river Test, which flows through the estate; and the paintings and sculpture include some of the masterpieces of some of the most eminent artists.
Romsey is famed as the birth-place of some eminent men, viz.—Viscount Palmerston, in 1784 ; Sir "William Petty, the ancestor of the Marquis of Lansdowne, the author of the treatise on " Taxes and Contributions," in 1623 ; Giles Jacob, author of the " Law Dictionary," who died in 1774 ; and others.
Several valuable relics have at different periods been found in the Church and precincts, and a curious old iron bracket, on which was hanged a soldier found pillaging in the time of Cromwell, used to support the sign of the " Swan" Inn, in the Market Place, a hostelry at the present time in want of a tenant.
The charities in Romsey are numerous, and well worthy of mention, notably, Nowes's Charity, bequeathed in 1718,
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