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.
BEFORE continuing the perambulation of the town, it is necessary to consider that the population in 1588 (Armada year) was 1,121 living in some 170 households, in addition there were 247 mariners in 23 ships. Today the population is 3,671. […]
IN this article I invite readers to take a stroll through the town as it was in Elizabethan times, its simplistic street pattern was of medieval origin which by necessity being determined by Lyme’s hilly topography. […]
THE Monmouth-led rebellion was a result of anti-Catholic feeling in the western counties, with Monmouth’s aim to depose the Catholic-minded James II. The Duke promised that, when King, he would defend the country against popery, tyranny and oppression. […]
THE continuing story of the Cobb is one of it being repeatedly subject to incursion by the sea. Between 1792 and 1867 gale force storms almost destroyed the structure, walls were breached and piers badly damaged. […]
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. […]