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Europe, whilst Hull was to have been that for the northern countries: his death, however terminated the project.
In July, 1554, Philip of Spain arrived here with a fleet, which is said to have numbered 160 sail, and haying stayed in the town four days, proceeded to Winchester, where he was married to Queen Mary.— Vide, Proude's History of England.
Queen Elizabeth spent some time in the neighbourhood at Grove Place, which was made into a neat hunting-box. On one occasion she paid a visit to the Earl of Hertford at Netley, and on returning, stopped two days in Southampton, before proceeding to "Winchester. When the Duke of Alva expelled the Protestants from the Netherlands, the Queen gave them permission to settle here, and appointed the chapel of God's House for their use; where, up to the present time, French Protestant worship has been conducted. The ingenious manufactures, especially of cloth, which these refugees introduced, were more than a reward for the hospitality which sheltered them, and this place in particular must have been greatly benefitted by it. Indeed, at this time, Southampton must be considered to have been far more prosperous than at any time before the commencement of the present century.
It was from this port that the " Mayflower " sailed in 1620, bearing to the New World its freight of " Pilgrim Fathers."
Charles I., flying from the plague, then raging in London, summoned his Parliament at Oxford, and soon after came with his council to this town, in order to deliberate with ambassadors from Holland. The house where he was entertained was No. 17, in the High-street, which still contains specimens of the carving that once profusely adorned it. The king also renewed and exieiied the chatter ofcthc town.
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