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building of English architecture, stands on Beathwaite Green, its tower and spire rendering it a conspicuous object. About two miles further on, near the high road is

  Sizergh Castle
The ancient castellated seat of the Stricklands, in the midst of fertile grounds sprinkled with wood, which finely contrasts with the wildness and sterility of the hill above. Built in the days of feudal discord and border rapine, its strong towers give it a formidable appearance; the interior, however, is elegantly furnished, and the dining-room is ceiled and wainscoated with richly carved oak. The Queen's room is so called from Catherine Parr having once lodged in it.
Hence the tourist will speedily reach

The largest town in Westmorland, seated on the west side of the river Kent, beneath a lofty scar, opposite to the ruins of the ancient castle. It is intersected by four principal streets, one of which runs north and south, forming a busy thoroughfare of one mile in length, and leading to the Lakes. The houses are built of limestone, capable of receiving a high polish, and covered with slate. The town, although very ancient, has now a modern appearance, nearly all the old houses having been
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