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Elizabethan blood sports

TODAY, the idea of a public spectacle involving pain and death being inflicted on animals would be considered barbaric. It was not so in the 16th century, blood sports were a popular form of entertainment, they were crowd pullers. […]

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Lyme and the slave trade

LYME was not a major participant in the slave trade; the large ports of London, Liverpool and Bristol became the principal slaving ports. Nevertheless because Lyme as a small outport was facing economic decline, the slave trade became a commercial lifeline. […]

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The 1069 Voyage

JUST three years after the Battle of Hastings when William the Conqueror invaded England and claimed the English throne, a Lyme merchant ship set out on a voyage to the city of York. […]

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Lyme’s smelly past

LYMEONLINE informed us that the Marine Parade toilets are at last going to be subject to major refurbishment. Elizabethan Lyme did not have a newspaper. If it had, it would have been reporting on measures to curb the unhygienic habits of its residents. […]