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gard os the situation, as seated betwixt the westSaxons and Eafi-^dnzles. was sorrieciiiies, together withf^x and Hartferfc jb/rejihax. paxt arid portio which the East-Saxons en ioyed for their Kingdom: i bordered vpon the North, with Hartford/pon the Weft by Ccfar, is seuered from Buck»3theSriuth,by shame Its.from Surrey & Kent h I the East from Essex, by the Riuer Lea. The length thereof extened frOm Stratford East, to Morehall vpon Co/ne in the Weft, is by re nineteene English miles j and from Southin the North, to his Maicsties Mannour of on-Ccurt in the South,are little aboue sixteene the whole circumference extending to ninety. In forme it is almost square, for ayre passing rate,for soile abundantly sertile,and for pastuldgraineofall kirides, yeelding the best, so e Wheat of this Countie hath serued along )f the Manchet to our Princes Table. 1 ;eth seated in a vale most wholesome & rich, mehils also,ahd them of good ascent srom ps the prospect os y whole i§ scene like vnto I E And all thy little Orphan-progeny:
a recepts a milewere t I the same by the n city,tKe thedrak liiied in /Wjint sumed th otherau been cost cathedral Churche thewals; nine mot thirteen i into 26. mi z LJ of was g time also vponnhH and builci (8)T| hath sets . & hath.:
'Alike the beauteous Face, the comely Air,
The once bright Glory of this House, the Pride
Anne Countess of Oxford, Daughter of William Cecil, BarOrt Burleigb, and Lord Treasurer. ^
, Philippa, Daughter and Coheiress of John Lord Mohun of Dunstar, Wife of Edward Duke of York.
Frances Countess of Suffixy of the antient Family of Sidney:
Thomas Bromley, Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth.
The Earl of Bridgwater, f Lord Dawbneyt Lord dharhberlain to Henry VII. and his Lady.
And thus much for Westminster .
There are many other Churches in this City, but none so remarkable for the Tombs of Persons of Distinction.
Near to this Church is Westminster-hal£, where besides the Sessions of Parliament, which are often held there, are the Courts of Justice; and at stated Times are heard their Trials in Law, or concerning the King's Patrimony; or in Chancery, which moderates the Severity of the Common Law by Equity. Till the Time of Henry I, the primeCourt of Justice was moveable, and followed the King's Court, but he enacted, by the Magna Charta, That the Common Pleas Jhould no longer attend his Court, hut he held at some determined Place. The present Hall was built by King Richard II. in the Place of an ancient one which he caused to be taken down. He made it Part of his Habitation (for at that Time the Kings of England determined Causesill their own proper Person, and from the Days of Edward the Confessor, had their Palace adjoining) -y till, about 6o Years since, upon its being burnt, Henry VIII. removed the Royal Residence to Whitehall, situate in the Neighbourhood, which a little before was the House of Cardinal Wolesey: This* Palace is truly Royal; inclosed on one Side by the Thames, on the other by a Park, which connects it with St. James's, another Royal Palace,
In the Chamber where the Parliament is usually held, the Seats and Wainscot are made of Wood, the Growth of Ireland; said to have had that occult Quality, that all poisonous Animals are driven away by it: And it is assirmed for certain, that in Ireland there are neither Serpents, Toads, nor any other venomous Creature to be found.