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WHEN first Mr. Keate published his elegy entitled Netley Abbey, he prefixed to it a short sketch of the history of the foundation. In the present publication, that account has been considerably enlarged ; and such other additions have been made, as to render the present publication a guide to those who may visit these beautifully situated ruins.


THEY who visit Southampton seldom make any considerable stay, without surveying the ruins of Netley abbey. Some prefer taking a boat thither, from the quay at Southampton, or from Itchen ferry. Others choose the walk, which is embellished with water views. .

In sailing towards Netley, we are en· tertained by the fine scenery of the bay;

which is an arm of the sea, receiving the waters of the Test and the lichen. The Test discharges ils stream at Redbridge,


four miles above Southampton; after liaying watered in its course the towns of Stockbridge and Romsey. It has its source near Whitchurch. The Itchen, rising at Cheriton, a few miles from Alresford, flows through the ancient city of Winchester, is thence navigable for barges as far as Wood mill, and afterwards becomes salt, being met by the tide. Both rivers abound with fine salmons ; which, through the present facility of land carriage, are sent to the London markets, few of them being sold in this neighbourhood; though formerly Southampton was so fully supplied with this delicious fish, that it is said to have been stipulated in the indentures of apprentices, that thi.ir masters should not oblige them to cat it oftener than thrice a week..

Southampton water, into wbich the Test and. Itchen discharge themselves,) furnishes plentiful supplies of fish, and abounds with wholesome oysters ; large quantities of which are purchased by the

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