Snippets of Lyme Regis’ rich history, provided by local historian and author Peter Lacey. To view more comment and opinion pieces, visit our Blogs section.
THE afternoon of April 25 brought mixed feelings for the townspeople. A ship in the harbour which had been pressed into service as a temporary prison was seen to hoist sail and make for Weymouth, the inmates had obviously wrested control from their keepers. […]
LYME did not have to wait long for the first attack and test of its defences. On the morning of the 21st, the royal forces concentrated their attention on the western defences of the town. However, the attackers were beaten back, losing some 40 of their number. […]
THE Boat Building Academy facing the Monmouth Beach was once the home of the above unit. Built in 1937 it consisted of barracks, boathouse and workshop, during construction the unit took over the 1884 lifeboat house as a workshop. […]
HISTORICALLY reports of sailing ships being ‘lost with all hands’ was a common occurrence. However, it was not until 1824 that the Royal National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwrecks (RNIPLS) was formed. […]
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. […]
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. […]
ON June 2 1609 a fleet of nine vessels under the command of Admiral Sir George Somers sailed from Plymouth. Its purpose was to aid the colonists of Jamestown Virginia who were in dire straits and close to starvation. […]