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interior is clean, though small; and the yards for the different degrees of crime too much confined for room.
The small house in the middle of the whole area is kept solely for the confinement of the felons, but which appears scarcely big enough to contain a dozen persons. It is also a prison for debtors. Plans, it is said, are under the consideration of the Corporation to erect a New Gaol, or to enlarge the present prison; but its inhabitants, however, are seldom numerous, owing to its well-regulated police. In returning up Grove-Street, (which also contains the Girls' Free-School, a most excellent institution, and under the immediate protection of the Rev. Mr. Warner,) an archway presents itself, which leads immediately to the side of the Avon; and, proceeding along the banks of the river, enjoying the view of the various fine elevations, the venerable Abbey, &c. Waterloo-Place is soon passed, and, on turning to the left, the main street of Widcombe, this suburb of Bath is gained. This outlet has also to boast of the high-sounding names of Widcombe-Parade and ClavertonPlace. Turning on the right, at the bottom of the Parade, the Poor-House, on a small hill, is pleasantly and healthfully situated. At a little distance from this spot is a large pair of gates, which protect the private road to PRIORPARK, the once celebrated seat of the benevolent. RALPH ALLEN, Esq. On the left of which, upon a very bigh eminence, stands the back part of Widcombe-Crescent, a range of very handsome buildings. The prospect now becomes pleasing, from the sprinkling of eles gant houses, particularly a small thatched Gothic cottage, upon a hill, on the right, which serves to show the excellent taste adopted by the builders of Bath. Pursuing a steady course, another gate is passed, which originally was called “ ALLEN'S WALK.” The considerate disposition of this humane character had induced him, for the accommodation of the public, to erect, in several parts of this walk, stone seats ; but all of which are now removed. A road to the left leads to Widcombe Church, On a very lofty eminence stands the fine seat of Mr. Tugwell, the banker. The spectator bere
, becomes so enraptured with the surrounding scene, that for a moment he is lost in ecstacy in beholding the beauties of nature and art combined. To the right, on one side of the road, are fine lofty elm-trees, which, during the time of ALLEN, were growing on both sides, and their boughs so closely entwined with each other, as to form in the winter-time a most singular but complete picture of a long Gothic arch. At an opening, a few yards further along the road, on turning round to take a look at the City, the Royal Crescent appears with peculiar grandeur; in fact, the whole circle, for richness and luxuriance of prospect, defies recital. In peeping over a stone-wall, about four feet high, on the left side of the road, the pleasure-grounds beneath, belonging to PRIORHOUSE, appear in fine cultivation; and the water, and the foliage of the chesnut, fir, and elm trees increase the effect. On proceeding up the road, a slight view of the mansion - house appears, also the residence for the keeper, and upon an ascent on the left, an antique look-out. By the