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London is not a city, but a province of brick and stone. Hardly even Loin the top of St. Paul's or of the Monument can anything like a view of the city as a whole be obtained.
Westminster Abbey
On one of those sober and rather melancholy days in the latter part of Autumn, when the shadows of morning and evening almost mingle together and throw a gloom over the decline of the year, I passed several hours in rambling about Westminster Abbey.
The House Of Parliament
A little before twelve, we took a cab, and went to the two Houses of Parliament the most immense building, methinks, that ever was built; and not yet finished, tho it has now been occupied for years.
St. Paul's
It will be admitted that, tho in general effect there is nothing in the same style of architecture which exceeds the exterior of St. Paul's.
The British Museum And The Crystal Palace
I have letters of introduction and a ticket of admission to the British Museum. About the Grecian marbles, the original Italian drawings, about the National Gallery, the Hampton Court galleries, the pictures at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, and the private collections, I shall say nothing.
The Temple's Gallery Of Ghosts From Dickens
The Temple is crowded with the ghosts of fiction. Here were the neglected chambers, lumbered with heaps and parcels of books, where Tom, Pinch was set to work by Mr. Fips, and where old Martin Chuzzlewit revealed himself in due time, and knocked Mr. Pecksniff into a corner.
The Temple Church
By Inner Temple Lane we reach the only existing relic of the residence of the Knights Templars in these courts, their magnificent Temple Church (St Mary's), which fortunately just escaped the Great Fire in which most of the Inner Temple perished.
Lambeth Church And Palace
The Church of St. Mary, Lambeth, was formerly one of the most interesting churches in London, being, next to Canterbury Cathedral, the great burial place of its archbishops.
Dicken's Limehouse Hole
I took a steamboat one day at Westminster Bridge, and after a voyage of 40 minutes or so landed near Limehouse Hole, and followed the river streets both east and west.
The present Banqueting-House of Whitehall was begun by Inigo Jones, and completed in 1622, forming only the central portion of one wing in his immense design for a new palace, which, if completed, would have been the finest in the world.
The Tower
Half-a-mile below London Bridge, on ground which was once a bluff, commanding the Thames from St. Saviour's Creek to St. Olave's Wharf, stands the Tower; a mass of ramparts, walls, and gates, the most ancient and most poetic pile in Europe...
St. Jame's Palace
The picturesque old brick gateway of St. James's Palace still looks up St. James's Street, one of the most precious relics of the past in London, and enshrining the memory of a greater succession of historical events than any other domestic building in England, Windsor Castle not excepted.
Literary Shrines Of London
There are streets and houses in London which, for pilgrims of this class, are haunted with memories and hallowed with an imperishable light that not even the dreary commonness of everyday life can quench or dim.
Caterbury Cathderal
Either part—Norman or Gothic—would in itself make a large church. One will meet few grander naves anywhere than this Gothic nave in Canterbury, formed of white stone and wonderfully symmetrical in all its outlines.
Old York Cathedral
York is the loftiest of all the English cathedrals, and the third in length,—both St. Alban's and Winchester being longer.
York And Lincoln Compared
In the nave of York, looking eastward or west-ward, it is hard indeed to believe that we are in a church only a few feet lower than Westminster or Saint Ouens.
Durham Cathderal
Durham Cathedral has one advantage over the others I have seen, there being no organ-screen, nor any sort of partition between the choir and nave; so that we saw its entire length, nearly 500 feet, in one vista.
Ely Catherdral
If, indeed, one wishes to see what modern enthusiasm, art, and lavish wealth can do for the restoration and adorning of one of these old temples, he must go to Ely Cathedral.
Exeter Cathedral
A very obvious part of the charm of Exeter Cathedral lies in the fact that it has to be sought for.
Lichfield Cathedral
I know not what rank the Cathedral of Lichfield holds among its sister edifices in England, as a piece of magnificent architecture.
Winchester Cathedral
On entering the cathedral enclosure on its north side from High Street, you are at once struck with the venerable majesty and antique beauty of the fine old pile before you.
The city of Wells, which we now visit, has a romantic situation on the southern slope of the Mendip Hills, twenty miles equi-distant from Bath, Bistol, and Bridgewater.
Bury St. Edmunds
The history of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, altho veiled in much legendary and mythical lore, tells, nevertheless, in its actual history of the progress of civilization and of the enlightenment of the human mind.
Tho once surrounded by fenland, the Abbey of Glastonbury—a veritable treasure-house of legendary lore stands now amid orchards and level pasture lands engirt by the river Bure.
More than one great artist has immortalized the secluded vale, where, on a bend of the Wye and surrounded by wooded hills, the ruins of Tintern Abbey stand.
Living In Great Houses
Now I will tell you a little—it can be but a little —about life in the great houses, as they are called here.
Windsor Castle
About eleven o'clock we found ourselves going up the old stone steps to the castle. It was the last day of a fair which had been holden in this part of the country, and crowds of the common people were flocking to the castle.
Blenheim Castle
In 1705, the year after Blenheim, Queen Anne, in accordance with an address of the Commons, granted Marlborough the royal estate of which Woodstock was the center, with moneys to build a suitable house.
Warwick Castle
When we came fairly into the courtyard of Warwick Castle, a scene of magnificent beauty opened before us.
Kenilworth Castle
Some antiquaries ascribe its foundation to the time of Kenelph, from whom the castle had its name, a Saxon King of Mercia, and others to an early era after the Norman Conquest.
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