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are the inner walls of the Arcade ; that to the left has two segmental-headed doors, with marks of other openings, but it has been very much disfigured. The excavations for sewerage at this point have revealed an ancient landing-place of stone steps—showing that the water washed the foot of the wall here; and from the original beach below were exhumed an ancient ring and other articles of antiquarian interest. The wall on the right exhibits beautiful masonry, still sharp, and scarcely at all decayed, though at least 700 and probably nearly 1,000 years old; it has a round arched doorway with a drip over it, a double window corresponding to the one in the face of the building, and a projecting flue shaft, supported on four square block corbels. _ This building was inhabited by King John, and considered a royal residence by Henry III. The interior is highly interesting, and the tradesman who occupies it as a store, permits the inspection of it by respectable strangers, whenever it is convenient to do so. ^ It is roofless, but the inside work of the fire-place, a kind of passage in the thickness of the wall, and arches in the walls similar to those on the outside of the buildings, will repay the trouble of visiting it. The . entrance is by a rude gateway in a breach under the first arch. This interesting form of an Arcade for defence was also carried out on the south side of the West Gate, at the part now covered by the residence of Madame Maes. One of the arches is still visible from tbe water.
. Returning to the Arcade, we find that it consists of nineteen arches and the wall was probably farther protected by three projecting towers, as we see the remains of the masonry by which some structure of this sort was joined to the, wall over the door of a modern house further along, and again at the fourth arch from the end, which is of quite a different shape to the others, ihe third stood at the end of the Arcade as we have some record of its- being taken down in 1775 by » Mr. Martini
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