Page:A tour through the northern counties of England, and the borders of Scotland - Volume I.djvu/170

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recorded by Æsop for abusing the squeaking of the real pig instead of the imitation of the mimic, by declaring that every part of this masonry was well executed, except the horns. Each extremity of the crescent contains an hotel, and that to the right on approaching the building has the ball-room—one of the best-proportioned and most elegant apartments in the kingdom; lighted curiously by small semicircular windows just above the large projecting cornice, which prevents them from being seen, and gives the effect without an apparent cause. In front of this building is a fine rising lawn, planted with trees, and kept carefully shorn and cleaned. Behind it are the stables, (faced like the Crescent, with freestone) of a square form without, but having a circular area within, sixty yards in diameter. A gallery surrounds this, supported by columns, through which are the entrances into the stables. On one side is a grand colonnade for a remise. Exclusive of the two hotels in the Crescent, are several other lodging-houses; the Old Hall, the Eagle inn, &c. at all which the terms during the season are as follow: Breakfast is. 6d. dinner at ordinary 2s. 6d. tea 1s. and supper 1s. 6d. A single bed-room is 10s. 6d. per week; a double ditto 14S. and a sitting-room, according to quality, from 14s. to 16s. per week.