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neatness of a village. It has a small Church. Here are also some signs put up at two or three huckster's shops, pointing out the widows and orphans of the men who were lost in the William and Mary Packet, belonging to Ptul, in 1818, as a means of attracting custom. One penny is charged for the ferry across the water to Weeks's Hotel, when the traveller arrives in Gloucestershire. Pill, with the ships, craft, &c. has a pretty effect from the above hotel. The first road on the left leads to Lamplighter's Hall, and the village of Shirehampton appears on the right. The singular and delightful elevation of PEN Pole is soon ascertained, from which one of the most extensive prospects in the world is witnessed:
What a scene ! What various views unnumber'd spread beneath! Woods, tow'rs, vales, caves,dells, cliffs, and torrent floods, And here and there, between the spiry rocks; The broad flat sea.
The grounds of LORD DE CLIFFOKD extend to Pen POLE, and upon which elevation a sort of sundial is erected, in order to accommodate, as well as give a direction to the telescopes of the travellers. The trees, valleys, and picturesque scenery immediately adjoining and beneath Pen Pole is very pleasing, but the vast expanse which unfolds itself is of so sublime a nature, that imagination must supply the defect of description. In the centre appears the immense space of the Severn, into which the Avon empties itself. Ships making and leavi ing Bristol. The range of hills and mountains encompassing the view as far as the eye can pos
sibly stretch. To the right is seen the New Passage-House to Wales, and the Passage-House on the other side. In the circle on the right is also the fine range of hills in Somersetshire. On quitting Pen Pole the village of Shirehampton is passed through, when the traveller soon enters the delightful Park of Lord de Clifford, and gains the fourth mile-stone' from Bristol. This Park affords some charming views of Dundry Tower, the Old Ruin at Clifton, the windings of the Avon, and the seats of Mr. Nash and Mr. Miles, also add considerable grandeur to the
This latter mansion, which has been recently finished, is a very superior building. It has in the front of it a fine portica with lofty pillars, and likewise a portico with pillars on each of its sides. The above seat is the property of a rich merchant, who has not only consulted taste in its formation, but it is said to have cost upwards of £150,000. It contains 132 rooms.
The expenses of the hall alone were £20,000. The interior has also to boast of the advantages of the most modern furniture, with all its superb embellishments. An extensive library is forming; and several of the paintings which decorate the principal rooms are from the first masters of antiquity. Three of which cost £30,000. On proceeding through the Park, the spectator obtains a front view of the mansion of Lord de Clifford, which was erected from a design of Sir John Vanbrugh, the architect who built Blenheim-House. It has rather a heavy appearance, and not much admired for its style of architecture. On passing an elegant modern little cottage, near to which on the
left is King's Weston Hill; upon this eminence is erected a very commodious Inn, with large stabling, &c. which proves extremely convenient to those parties who leave Bristol to admire the prospects of PEN POLE, and to visit the House and Paintings of Lord de Clifford. On the summit of King's Weston Hill, the view, if possible, is still more extensive than witnessed at PEN POLE. Tomb Marle, the highest mountain in Wales, is distinctly seen ;
also the Denny, Chepstow, Carcliff, &c. &c. Upon quitting the above Inn, a lane on the right is the carriageroad, and only entrance for visitors that leads to the front door and hall of Lord de Clifford's mansion, which is about the distance of three hundred yards from King's Weston Inn. The hours of admittance are from eleven to two o'clock; and, from the liberality of his Lordship, in order to gratify the curiosity of the pub. lic, the Paintings are to be seen nine months in the year. The visitor has nothing more to do than to ring a bell, and upon announcing his wishes to a footman, the housekeeper instantly presents herself, and the apartments are shown without delay.
On entering the Hall, which is very lofty and in the form of a square, the effect is interesting and attractive. Thirty-six large portraits, consisting of the male and female branches of the ancient family of De CLIFFORD, completely cover all the walls, in white projecting frames. The whole of the above portraits, painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller and Sir Peter Lely, are in fine preservation, and retain all their original excellence and beauty of colouring.
From this place, which, perhaps, inight with more propriety be termed the PORTRAIT GALLERY, a door leads into an elegant inner-hall, in which a very fine piece of antiquity immediately interests the attention of the spectator, a wide old oak winding staircase, with handsomely carved bannisters, capacious landing-places, and very highly polished, which leads to
LADY DE CLIFFORD'S DRESSING-ROOM-Of this most magnificent apartment, viewed as a Lady's Dressing-Room, it may be urged, without disparagement or fear of contradiction, to have no equal in the kingdom ; it does not, however, owe its importance to the art of the upholsterer, adorned with the newest fashions -it has no fascinating draperies tastefully folded to enrapture the eyes of the spectator-no enticing Grecian sofa, by way of invitation to loll the time away with a novel, or interesting tête-à-tête-in short, there is nothing of the boudoir about it; nor are there any traces of the waiting maid's “occupation” to be witnessed, (although it is used by LADY DE CLIFFORD every day, and a small simple toilette is the only appendage of dress) that in any way tends to give it the above designation. The room is rather long and lofty; the fine oak floor is highly polished; and containing three capacious windows in a half circular front. From which the same delightful extensive prospect is witnessed as at PEN POLE. Not a ship enters, or goes out from the port of Bristol, but is distinctly seen from this delightful apartment :-
As far as I could cast my eyes,
Like blueish mists, which, still appearing more, Took dreadful shapes, and thus mov'd tow'rds the shore: The object, I could first distinctly view, Was tall straight trees, which on the water flew : Wings on their sides instead of leaves did grow, Which gather'd all the breath the winds could blow : And at their roots grew FLOATING PALACES, Whose out-blown bellies cut the yielding seas! The walls of the room are covered with paintings in gilt frames. The subjects in general are small, but they are of the first excellence. Some beautiful inlaid cabinets, rich and costly shells, &c. also decorate this dressing-room.
& The following are the most eminent of the pictures :Two Landscapés.......
Poussin. These paintings are pronounced to be two of the best subjects of this great master; and were particularly admired by the Duchess of York, on her visit to De Clifford-House. The Holy Family
Unes. To the passing eye of the spectator nothing more appears than a small wreath of flowers; and it almost requires the aid of a microscope to discover the Holy Family. It is a painting of extraordinary talent; and the beauty and symmetry of the figures are finely preserved and distinctly executed. It is worthy of the most minute investigation. The Last Supper
.... A Modern Painter.
de Clifford and her Children; among whom
... Gardner. Also Venus at her Toilet, in white marble; a most delicate and highly finished piece of sculpture.
Thy fair ideas, thy delightful forms,
Thy workmen left even Nature's self behind. The DRAWING-ROOM.-- This apartment, the walls of which are covered with crimson damask