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Ibandbook to Southampton.
Introduction,
Southampton, " the Liverpool of the South," lies in the heart of a fair and goodly district, wherein the visitor may well pause awhile. It has been said with truth " Rich in historical associations, and unique in its modern commercial development, Southampton occupies geographically a position of exceptional advantage. Situated upon a shelving promontory, stretching out into a magnificent tidal estuary, between two winding rivers, with the Isle of Wight seaward as a natural breakwater, and a wealth of picturesque scenery surrounding it inland, Southampton presents attractions not often to be met with, combining as it does maritime and rural beauties in no ordinary degree. The waters of its river-fed estuary, opening out into the sun-lit Solent, bring it within an hour's steam of the ' Garden Isle'; whilst the high ground behind the town, with its extensive views, the New Forest, with its woodland glades to the south-west, the lonely ruins of Netley and of Beaulieu; and ancient Winchester, only half an hour by rail to the north; blend and combine in glorious attraction." The history of Southampton is unique, and few towns can boast so noble a record. It is an admirable centre from which to visit Winchester, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Salisbury, and wondrous Stone-henge, the Channel Islands, and the New Forest. These pages aim at showing that it will be greatly to your advantage to linger for awhile in this neighbourhood.
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