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cover the encl of the eastern ditch. Used in later times as a bridewell for felons and debtors, it is said that the father of Dr. Watts having been imprisoned in this outer work for his nonconformity, while the doctor was an infant, he was brought by his mother to see his father through the prison gratings. The narrow road on the right of this work, running parallel with the High-street, marks the site of the old ditch and still later of a canal carried through there—hence called bv the alternative names of the Ditches or Canal-walk—and by pursuing it to the street leading from the Bargate to Houndwell the circuit of the old town will be completed. Between this corner and Bridge-street are several prominent. portions of the old walls, the round tower to be seen from the Platform as one of Henry III.'s time, so far as it is preserved, being an unusually perfect specimen.
Keeping within the town walls, we pass through the southern gateway, leading towards the High-street, and on our right will be seen God's House, an interesting specimen of our ancient hospitals or almshouses and one of the earliest remaining in England. The chapel having been erected at the end of the 12th century, had some fifteen years since become so decayed that restoration was absolutely needed to prevent it from ruin. Erected in the transitional Norman style it presented some very good work of that period, and the modern architect appears to have done the very best that was possible to retain its ancient character, encasing the outer walls and entirely preserving the interior original work. The chancel arch is almost Early English; the doorways are round headed, and the windows single lights, their heads being of the form called square headed trefoil. In the east end there is a piscina of 13th century work, and a curious brass is shown, the lost head being replaced by a wooden one. The tablet in this chapel to the memory of the conspirators against Henry Y., discovered whilst he was awaiting in Southampton a favourable wind to convey him to France for what proved to be the brilliant victory of Agin court, is a modern erection. The hospital is believed to have been founded by two Southampton merchants in the time of Henry III., the chapel being dedicated to St. Julian. Edward III. in 1332 confirmed.all the grants made to it, but two years later at the desire of Queen Philippa he made it over to the new founded college of Queen's hall at Oxford, who still retain its patronage. The domestic buildings here were said to be very perfect till within the present century, but they have been superseded by modern erections. There is a deeply interesting history attached to the place, which it is to be hoped some antiquary will
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