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TOWN. The Town has a singular and irregular appearance, and is
composed chiefly of one long street.?Many of the principal
lodgings, however, are to the east; where the extent and variety of
view, added to the great increase of Visitors to this favored spot,
has induced many to speculate in building. The views from
Coronation, Hillsborough, and Montpellier Terraces, is commanding
and beautiful, and in the centre of the former is a public ball,
reading, and billiard room. THE CHURCH. The Church is an ancient
structure, and situated on an eminence, at the extreme end of the
town, a mile from the pier-head.?It is a large edifice, with every
accommodation for visitors, and a good organ has been added of late
years by subscription.?Tradition dates the origin of this building
to three maiden ladies, who endowed it with lands and funds to a
considerable amount, (the whole of which was severed from it at the
reformation) and dedicated it to St. Mary Magdalen and the Holy
Trinity. The date ofits erection is not ascertained; but it is most
probable to have been during; the fourteenth century, a period when
most of the churches in Devonshire were built. It contains three
aisles, and round the roof of the centre one, are the sculptured
remains of many grotesque figures. On the right of the altar is a
place for Holy "Water, called a Sacristy; and attached to it were
three Stalls, (which have of late been removed,) for the use of the
Priest, Deacon, and Sub-Deacon, during certain portions of the
Roman Catholic ceremony, all of which were ornamented Gothic. Thii
affords a proof of the Church having been formerly Collegiate,
while the unevenness of the ground in the neighbourhood of the
present building, added to other circumstances, induces a strong
belief that it was formerly an ext...
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