Architectural Views and Details of Netley Abbey: Partly Shown as it Originally Existed, with Brief Historical Associations of that Ancient Ruin, and Description of Late Discoveries

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Forbes and Knibb, 1848 - Netley Abbey (Hampton) - 35 pages

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Page 5 - How shall I describe Netley to you? I can only tell you that it is the spot in the world which I and Mr. Chute wish. The ruins are vast and retain fragments of beautiful fretted roofs, pendent in the air, with all variety of Gothic patterns of windows topped round and round with ivy.
Page 15 - My father was a yeoman, and had no lands of his own, only he had a farm of three or four pound by year at the uttermost, and hereupon he tilled so much as kept half a dozen men. He had walk for a hundred sheep ; and my mother milked thirty kine.
Page 6 - A hill rises above the abbey, enriched with wood. The fort, in which we would build a tower for habitation, remains, with two small platforms. This little castle is buried from the abbey in a wood, in the very centre, on the edge of a hill.
Page 34 - A Gothic bishop perhaps thought it proper to repeat such a form in such particular shoes or slippers ; another fancied it would be very decent if such a part of public devotions were performed with a mitre on his head and a crosier in his hand.
Page 28 - Indeed a little skill in antiquity inclines a man to popery ; but depth in that study brings him about again to our religion.
Page 11 - Giles's eve the mayor, bailiffs, and citizens of Winchester delivered the keys of the four gates to the bishop's officers. Many and extraordinary were the privileges granted to the bishop on this occasion, all tending to obstruct trade and to oppress the people. Numerous foreign merchants frequented this fair ; and several streets were formed in it, assigned to the sale of different commodities. The surrounding monasteries had shops or houses in these streets, used only at the fair ; which they held...
Page 6 - Castle; and the Isle of Wight rising above the opposite hills. In short, they are not the ruins of Netley, but of Paradise. Oh ! the purple abbots! what 'a spot had they chosen to slumber in ! The scene is so beautifully tranquil, yet so lively, that they seem only to have retired into the world.
Page 12 - Clare in 1242. Among its subsequent benefactors were Edmund, earl of Cornwall, Robert Ver, and Walter de Burg, the latter of whom invested it with lands in the county of Lincoln, which he held of the king in capite, by the service ol presentinghim with a headpiece lined with fine linen, and a pair of giltspurs.
Page 13 - ... adds Camden's translator, writing about a hundred years afterwards, "it is not in the same flourishing condition as formerly it was ; for having lost a great part of its trade, it has lost most of its inhabitants too; and the great houses of merchants are now dropping to the ground, and only show its ancient magnificence *." For the last forty years the trade of Southampton as a port has been gradually reviving ; and at present there seems great reason to believe, that in a few * Camden's Britannia,...
Page 11 - A court, called the pavilion, composed of the bishop's justiciaries and other officers, had power to try causes of various sorts for seven miles round. The bishop had a toll of every load or parcel of goods passing through the gates of the city. On St. Giles's eve the mayor, bailiffs, and citizens of Winchester delivered the keys of the four gates to the bishop's officers.

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