CHARMOUTH Local History Society will host a talk on ‘Jane Austen in Charmouth’ on Friday, May 3.
The talk will be given by Neil Mattingly and Phil Tritton, and will cover the famous author’s stay at the Coach and Horses in Charmouth in the summer of 1803, before her visit to Lyme Regis that autumn.
In her novel ‘Persuasion’, Austen described the village as: “Charmouth, with its high grounds and extensive sweeps of country, and still more its sweet, retired bay, backed by dark cliffs, where fragments of low rock among the sands make it the happiest spot for watching the flow of the tide, for sitting in unwearied contemplation.”
Mr Mattingly commented: “I have recently identified a Census for the village which is contemporary with her visit which lists the villagers and their occupations. With this and further information with suitable illustrations we will create an imaginary walk she could have taken through the village in that year.”
The talk will be held at Charmouth Village Hall in Wesley Close from 7pm. Entry is free to history society members and £3 for non-members, including refreshments.