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mate's handbook to southampton.
and wayside pond with its swans, will never be forgotten. Those who love to linger in a sunny spot, will appreciate sheltered Ventnor (Royal Marine, Royal, and ancient Crab and Lobster Hotels). Bathing and boating are alike excellent. The drive from Ventnor to Blackgang by the Undercliff is one of the most picturesque and interesting journeys in the island. St. Catherine's Lighthouse, the tiniest church in England (St. Lawrence), and the rugged grandeur of Blackgang, famed, alas ! for shipwrecks, will all repay the tourist. Farther afield along the southern Island coast is Freshwater, a pleasant spot whereat to linger. But all this a digression, and we must return to Ryde.
Our steamer hugs the island shore, and ere long we are abreast of Osborne House, the seaside home of Her Majesty the Queen. It is conspicuous by its two lofty towers. Just beyond is Norris Castle, and we run through Cowes Roads amid a myriad fleet of graceful yachts, for Cowes and Ryde are the chosen paradises of regattas. The Royal Yacht Squadron, of which H.R. H. the Prince of Wales is Commodore, has its headquarters at Cowes.
From Cowes excursions may be made to Whippingham Church, which is always interesting for its royal associations, and also to Newport, the capital of the Island. (Warburton's Wheatsheaf and Bugle Hotels). St. Thomas Church is handsome, and contains, besides many other objects of interest, a beautiful monument by Baron Marochetti, erected by the Oueen in memory of Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Charles I., who died as a prisoner at Carisbrooke Castle on September 8th, 1650. A mile west of Newport is Carisbrooke Castle, which, it goes without saying, no visitor will fail to see. Carisbrooke Village (Red Lion), has a fine church and the remains of a Roman Villa. Return we to Cowes, though full many a beauty has been left unnoted, and steam across to Calshot Castle and
so make the return journey to Southampton.
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The New Forest.
Once more leaving Southampton West Station we pass Redbridge. On our left is Eling Church, with some good Saxon work. It was in existence before the Conqueror afforested this district. The head of the Southampton Water and the old tidal mill are very picturesque.
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