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whose Church was pulled down a few years since, and the parish, united to that of St, Laurence. Passing on we reach the Quay, noticing as we go the two lofty corn stores at the bottom of the street, the right of which is built on the basement of the Chapel to an ancient Hospital for Lepers. Turning to the left along the Quay we soon reach
THE HIGH STREET
(anciently called English Street), this street is almost unequalled for its combination of picturesque variety and effect, with space and convenience as a thoroughfare, all the elegances of modern life, and its imposing aspect of commercial wealth. The handsome shop windows with their imposing array of merchandize, the lofty bay windows, the mixture of the more ancient buildings with the various red and white brick and stucco fronts of the modern ones, with, at intervals the hotels, churches and other public edifices form together a most picturesque and pleasing ensemble : whilst the gentle and graceful curvature of the street presents the passenger with an ever-varying perspective, terminated to the north by the massive Bar Gate, and to the south by shipping, the Southampton Water, and the New Forest.
We have already (in p. 20) pointed to the fcot of the High-street, immediately above the Water Gate Quay. The stranger, before proceeding on his walk, will probably here pause to picture to his imagination the warlike aspect this scene possessed only a century ago, before the destruction of the Water Gate, whose lowbrowed arch and heavy towers stretched across the street from the tower and postern gate on the west side, which is now converted into the Castle Hotel, to the Winkle-street side. Here the Wall made a sudden projection at nearly a right angle to where the Sun Hotel now stands, and thence was carried in a straight line to the south of the Castle.
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