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appears in the deep shadow. The Lions sejant, now standing like sentries on either hand, were formerly placed outside the ditch. Until quite recently the buttresses on either side the gateway were adorned with the paintings representing the famous Sir Bevois and his Squire Ascupart, who are heroes of a most interesting metrical romance, and whose exploits figure conspicuously in the legendary history of Southampton. But these paintings which had occupied this position for upwards of 170 years are now transferred for better preservation to the interior of the Guildhall, where they may now be seen. (p. 5.)
The row of panels contains various coats of arms. The architectural observer will easily perceive that the original building was of Norman construction, consisting of a square gate tower flanked by round ones, and that the octagonal front was added about the 14th century. The ditch on this side of the fortifications was double, and was crossed by a stone bridge, which remained to a very late period. The intervening bank between the two ditches was the site of the old butts for young men of the town to practice archery.
THE ABOVE BAR STREET
Is the continuation of the High-street. The first turning to the left is Bar&ate-stbeet, formed on the site of the town ditch, with parts of the old walls and towers peering over the roofs of the houses built against them. This joins the Western-shore jRoad. The court opposite is Pembroke-square, succeeded by Hanover-buildings, a street in which is the Library and Reading Room of the Polytechnic Institution, and which leads into the great piece of Lammas-land, called Houndwell, now forming the S.W. portion of
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