A talk about the interaction of Romsey and its abbey through the centuries, by Phoebe Merrick, together with the launch of four volumes of history of Romsey compiled by John Latham at the beginning of the 19th century.
Don’t miss this fascinating insight into Romsey’s past.
Dr John Latham retired from his medical practice at Dartford, Kent, and came to live in Romsey in 1795. This gave him the opportunity to pursue his antiquarian interests and he spent many hours recording all he could find about the history of Romsey. His notes have been used by every Romsey local historian in the two centuries since he collected them.
His notes consist of seven volumes which are now held by the British Library (Add Mss 26774-26780). They were transcribed by the late Pat Genge, and have been edited by Phoebe Merrick. Some of Latham’s notes are in Latin, and these have been translated and edited by Barbara Burbridge. Also, other members of the Romsey Local History Society have advised on specialist topics.
The Latham papers have been arranged into four hard-back bound volumes. Book 1 covers Romsey Abbey. Book 2 gathers together Latham’s notes on People and Places. Book 3 deals with Local Government and general matters. Book 4 contains letters held by Derbyshire Record Office (D6104/40 and 41) that Latham sent to his friend Rev. Samuel Denne in the 1790s. In addition this volume contains a bibliography and an extensive index