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MATE S HANDBOOK TO SOUTHAMPTON.
Cirencester (King's Head, .Fleece Hotels), known as " Cisiter' the capital of the Cotswolds," is a charming centre for excursions. The Parish Church, whose noble tower, from which a " carillon" chime rings out every three hours, rises high above the market-place, is grandly beautiful. The Museum, with its fine collection of Roman antiquities, and the Roman amphitheatre, locally known as the " Bull Ring," should certainly be visited. Oakley Park, generously thrown open by Earl Bathurst, S ipperton Valley, styled the English Switzerland, the Seven Springs, which is the principal source of the Thames, and the exquisite stained glass windows of Fairford Church, will each and all repay a visit. About a mile from Chedworth Station, in a pleasant woodland valley, are the most perfect remains of any Roman Villa in England, with an interesting Museum. Cheltenham, (Queen's, Plough, Fleece, Hotels), is a town to linger in. Broadway, loved by American artists, is but sixteen miles away. Cheltenham is famed for its mineral waters, and affords great educational advantages. From its public gardens, and tree-lined streets and promenades, it is fitly styled " the Garden Town of England." Gloucester, with quaint streets and a noble Cathedral, is only fifteen minutes distant by train. Tewkesbury, with its magnificent Abbey, its memories of " John Halifax, Gentleman," its Battlefield, and the Hop Pole Royal Hotel, where Mr. Pickwick drank Madeira, is but a journey of eight miles, and Malvern is also within easy reach of Cheltenham. So likewise are Evesham with its battle memories, and " Shakespeare's Country," with all that those two magic words recall. From Cheltenham we proceed northwards by the Midland Railway, which was the first to introduce Pullman cars into England. Swift express trains, sumptuous first and third-class dining cars, and well appointed station hotels are prominent features of the Midland System.
We may stop at Worcester, which makes many gloves and much porcelain, to visit the Cathedral, wherein King John, of Magna Charta fame, is buried. Birmingham, of world-wide renown, the centre of hardware manufacture, is the most go-ahead city in England, and runs a good many of its institutions upon American lines. " Tamworth Tower and Town " have been immortalised by Sir Walter Scott, and at Burton we are greeted by huge hills of beer barrels, for here the great brewery companies have their head-quarters. Derby is the centre of the Midland System, and forms the meeting point of the trunk lines from the north and north-west, and the south and south-west. Many a traveller bent upon exploring the Peak district, finds comfortable quarters at the Midland Hotel,
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