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ITS HISTOEY AND ANTIQUITIES. 5
all England." Por picturesqueness as a whole, viewed from any stand point, and from the handsomeness of its shops in detail, the Southamptonians may still, we venture to think, be proud of their principal thoroughfare.
An alternative route for reaching the High Street is by turning to the left 011 leaving the Terminus, passing along the Shore, by the Platform and its guns, a few hundred yards to the Town Quay, and so traversing the chief thoroughfare of the town throughout its entire length.
Reserving most of the principal public buildings for future notice, we will take the visitor direct to the hall in which the High Court meeting is held. Passing through the Bargate, which spans the High Street, on the left will be seen the upper portion of the Southampton Water. About half-way between this and the next street on the left will be noticed the office (No. 52, Above Bar) in which the managing Committee meet, and the business of the South-Western District of the Order is conducted. But a few yards further on we reach Portland Street, which will bring the delegates to the pleasantly situated Royal Victoria Assembly Rooms, with the river between it and the outskirts of the New Porest on the opposite shore.
Returning to, and proceeding up Above Bar, in continuation ot the High Street, the Philharmonic Hnll will be passed on the left, and a few steps will bring us, on the right, to a portion of the public parks of the town, extending Above the Bar some half-a-mile in rear of the line of houses. Here is an effective marble statue of Lord Palmerston, erected by public subscription among the inhabitants, to commemorate a burgess of Southampton, and one ot its firm friends through many years, his country residence being at Brpadlands, only eight miles distant. The quadrangular building nearly opposite, but slightly higher up the street, is the almshouse founded in 1690 for widows by Mr. Thorner, who endowed it with Leadenhall Market, in London, directing that preference in the election to its benefits should be given to widows connected with Above Bar Independent Chapel, with which he was long identified.
In the upper portion of the Park will be found a statue of the late Richard Andrews, one of Southampton's most famous men, he having risen from the ranks to an extensive coach and carriage builder, a large employer of labour, and five times chief magistrate of the town. It has a somewhat elaborate triangular base and pedestal, containing a triple fountain in the lower stage—if that can be called a fountain which has never been supplied with watep
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