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wider, as is usually the case, and between each are two tiers of niches, one above the other, having clustered shafts and ornamental capitals, and a common dripstone runs round the whole. The north side of the choir is lighted by a series of lancets, having single shafts set on the sides, the interior shafts being plain, whilst the exterior are filleted. The tower, which rises at the intersection of the nave and choir with the transepts, is only a square in height; it has a modern embattled parapet, and a turret at the north-east angle. The choir and north transept are used as lecture-rooms for the Clerical Institution, and they are so fitted up as to prevent you from seeing their correct proportions. The library belonging to this establishment is not large, but select, and contains a beautiful full-length portrait of Dr. Ainger, presented by the students. There are some pretty views of the Abbey and parsonage from the meadows on the south, and the heights in descending to the village; but the best display of its architectural features is from the door of the grammar-school of Archbishop Grindal. The inscription over the door is laconically appropriate,

E. 1587 G.
Four miles will carry you from the quiet, studious cloisters of Saint Bees, into the midst of the bustling and commercial activity of Whitehaven. The piers and coal-pits are the chief objects of
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button -- "St Bees Abbey" -- St Mary and St Bega's Church
button -- "Castle, The" -- Whitehaven Castle
button -- "Whitehaven" -- Whitehaven
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