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Linstock Castle.

These the curious visitor will note for himself, not forgetting a very aged pear tree on the right of the road he enters by. It is an immense specimen of its kind, seeming a very banyan by the space it covers, and probably in its younger days had the honour of contributing to the general list of good things with which the old bishops so largely supplied their tables. Be this as it may, it is well worth looking at, as it is still healthy and bears, though its huge trunk is all split and torn. It was laden with fruit when we saw it, and a fair haired young urchin, who acted as our guide, all other hands being busy, told us it had produced “a gay few cars full” the year before.