The Juvenile Tourist

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General Books, 2009 - 268 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1818 edition. Excerpt: ...considerable tranquillity. Robert White, author of the Ephemeris or Celestial Atlas, died aged 80, in 1773, at his native place Bingham near Nottingham, and in the parish church will be found a monument to his memory. See Bourne's Gazetteer, second edition, an highly useful work to the rising generation. Leaving the populous town of Nottingham, 'I passed through Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Tamworth, in my way to Birmingham. Ashby-de-la-Zouch is a tolerable town, and receives its name from the Zouches, its ancient lords, to distinguish it from another Ashby in this county, called Ashby Folvile. It consists of one open street, in which is a neat stone cross that has stood for ages. The town is populous, having a manufactory for stockings. The church is a handsome structure, and there is a meeting for Protestant Dissenters. It once had a castle in which James the First was entertained several days, during which time he was served at table by thirty poor. knights clothed in scarlet gowns with golden, chains. During the civil wars Charles the First placed a garrison in it; the parliament, however, besieged it and demolished the battlements, from which time it has fallen into oblivion. 246 BIRMINGHAM. Tamworth is an ancient town, in a low situation on the river Tame, which at once waters and supplies it with fish. As Ossa, king of Merck, had once a palace here, and a deep trench surrounds it, we may suppose that in the Saxon times it was both a place of importance and strength. It was plundered by the Danes, but recovered its grandeur previous to the conquest. The present church is a collegiate one, and possesses much beauty. The town-hall, built by Mr. Guy, founder of the celebrated hospital in London, is a noble building, and has its name from him. The...

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