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St. Thomas' Parish Church was built in the twelfth century, and teems with interest. The Garrison Church, which was an ancient Domus Dei, or God's House, is a perfect miniature military cathedral. St. Mary's Church, Kingston, the Parish Church of Portsea, is one of the noblest churches in England. Here Charles Dickens was baptised, and the drowned seamen of the "Royal George" were buried in 1782.
Portsmouth Town Hall is worthy of the ancient seaport. At Buckingham House, High Street, the Duke of Buckingham was murdered by Felton, in the reign of the First Charles. John Pounds taught the first ragged school, and Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth.
Southsea Common, with two piers, is 150 acres in extent, and is the scene of reviews and other brilliant spectacles, whilst ranged along the esplanade are various interesting naval and military trophies and memorials.
Military bands perform daily upon the Clarence and South Parade Piers during the summer. Boating, canoeing, tennis, cricket, and all kinds of games can be freely indulged in, flirtation not excepted.
Haslar Hospital, at Gosport, built between 1746 and 1762, has accommodation for 1,000 sick and wounded seamen and marines.
Isle of Wight.
An excellent service of steamers is maintained throughout the year by the Southampton and Isle of Wight Steam-packet Company from Southampton to Cowes and Ryde. Ryde (Royal Pier, Royal Esplanade, and York Hotels), is a right pleasant town and well provided with amusements. From hence many a pleasant excursion may be made on foot, by rail or by coach. Binstead, with the ruins of Quarr Abbey, Spring Vale, Sea View, and Bembridge will all repay a visit. Brading is an ancient town, with a most interesting church. Between Brading and Sandown are the remains of a celebrated Roman Villa. Sandown is an increasing town upon the shores of a charming bay, with excellent sea-bathing. At Shanklin the bathing is quite as good as at Sandown, and no one should miss seeing world-famous ' Shanklin Chine.' Luccombe Chine is pretty, and the drive through Bonchurch, with its ancient church embossed amid the cliffs and foliage of the Undercliff,
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