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Elizabethan Lyme Regis, Part II

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. […]

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The Duke of Monmouth – Part II

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. […]

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Siege of Lyme: Part III

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. […]

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Siege of Lyme: Part II

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. […]

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Siege of Lyme: Part I

THIS year marks the 375th anniversary of the siege of Lyme and in this three part series, David Ruffle looks back on those momentous events: “Ye rebellious towne”, according to Charles I. […]

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Lyme’s RAF Marine Craft Unit

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. […]

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Lyme’s first lifeboat

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. […]