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Pursuing the path on the beach it Boon diverges to the left, ascending the hill, and overhung by a fine oak wood. As the rise is gained, the view of Southampton Water, the New Forest, and the Isle of Wight opens, with a magnificent foreground, in which the Fort appears embosomed in trees and shrubberies.
We shall now just briefly trace the various objects of attraction which throng this delightful spot.
NETLEY CASTLE is at the foot of the slope, and close to the beach below. It is chiefly interesting from its original purpose, and its agreeable position. It is not very ancient, as it was one of the series of forts built by Henry VIII. and was constructed out of the materials sacrilegiously torn from the Abbey. The octagonal tower was added by Mr. Chamberlayne, and the building has been otherwise improved by its successive owners. The wood now suddenly retires on the left, and beyond a few villa residences, and nearly buried in trees appear the venerable ruins of
NETLEY ABBEY, ''
Surrounded by lands laid out recently for building purposes, and on which several villas have already been erected. But passing these, the eye is at once caught by the West End of the Church, which, free from the leafy vesture that veils the rest of the building, still rises majestically above the grassy slope, though stripped of its rich tracery and ornaments. Leaving the highway, turning to the left, and entering the retired and sequestered spot, occupied by this once gorgeous fane, the approach is under widespreading oak and ash trees, which stretch their branches as if to guard the mouldering walls of the Abbey, and form an arcade of verdure before them. Banging along the south front are fragments of wall belonging to domestic offices which stand in advance of the main building, and catch the lights that gleam through the waving foliage; whilst behind
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