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High Street and Queen Victoria Memorial, Newport

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High Street and Queen Victoria Memorial, Newport.-The ancient borough of Newport is the capital of the Island. Its streets are usually busy, and on market days are quite gay and animated. The County Petty Sessional Court is held every Saturday in the Town Hall, which is also the meeting-place of the Town Council. The Isle of Wight County Council meets at the Technical Institute, as does also the Education Authority. In the same building is the Free Library, the gift of Sir Charles Seeley, Bart., who also pays the librarian's salary, with the water rent secured from the Town Council for the splendid supply, recently acquired from the estate of Sir Charles at Bowcombe. The Diamond Jubilee Memorial to Her late Majesty is erected on the spot where at the Jubilee, in 1887, Her Royal Highness received an address of congratulation from the inhabitants of the Isle of Wight. Newport contains the old Grammar School where Charles I. held his conference with representatives of the Parliament, and many other buildings of historical interest. The monument to the Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Charles I., is in St. Thomas' Church.

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