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them successfully rise the more lofty dark grey walls of (ho Cloister Court and the Abbey Church, half buried in lowering ash trees. The further buildings on the right, having the air of an old English mansion, are the Pantry and Kitchen,—succeeded by the garden-wall terraces and detached offices.
The Gateway into the Abbey is in the south front. Its present form is an archway of the Tudor style, which, with tho numerous remains of brick fire-places, and marks of alterations, must be referred to the time when the Earl, called by the historians of Netley, the Marquis of Huntingdon converted the Abbey into a private residence. It opens into the middle of the Cloister Court; but as the visitor will be certain to examine first, so we shall now conduct him to
This splended edifice was 200 feet long and 60 broad,— at the transept, 120 feet.
The architecture is still remarkably impressive, though the effect is sadly marred by the destruction and removal of the north transept. The roof and the splendid stained glass of the windows—parts of which were in existence a few years ago—have also entirely disappeared. The south transept and the east end of the Church are less mutilated than the other divisions of the structure, as portions of the aisles, and many of the arches, shafts, and ribs, remain entire; and the simple yet grand tracery of the east window, though fast crumbling, is complete enough to exhibit the beauty of its original design. Long waving masses of ivy robe a large extent of the walls, whose broad ridges the most courageous visitors used to perambulate. They were gained by a narrow winding staircase at the angle of the transept at the east end, but a fatal accident having oCcured some time since from a fall from these walls, the entrance to the staircase is now filled with masonry.
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