Lyme Regis Society launches new ‘Historic Houses’ book

THE Lyme Regis Society is celebrating the launch of the latest in a series of books about the fascinating history of some of the town’s most remarkable architecture.

‘Historic Houses Part 4’ will be officially launched at Lyme Regis Museum on Thursday, July 19. Museum director David Tucker will be hosting the event in The Fine Foundation Learning Centre, the museum’s prestigious new educational space which overlooks Lyme Bay, from 6pm.

The new book features a range of articles, from The Cobb and how it has evolved over the years to protect and shelter the town, to ‘Coolrus’, a fine example of a ‘Caddy’ house – Arts & Crafts houses that were built all over Lyme Regis by the Caddy family of builders early in the 20th century.

The booklet features fascinating illustrations of maps, diagrams and early photographs that make the words come alive. Many buildings and places have changed little over the years and can still be easily spotted as you walk around the town.

Vicki Dixon writes about Burton House, a town house at the bottom of Pound Street, where she used to own the second floor flat.

She said: “A really interesting project to be involved in, particularly as it was my home for a while.  I found out a lot but also had loads of support for my research from the museum and Bridport History Centre. Good fun!”

‘Historic Houses Part 4’ will be available at many local shops and businesses, including Amid Idols and Giants, The Alexandra Hotel, The Black Dog Tea Room, The Slipway, Felicity’s Farm Shop, Lyme Regis Museum, The Mariners Hotel, Serendip and the Tourist Information Centre.

The Lyme Regis Society works with local councils and other organisations on projects to enhance the beauty and architectural integrity of the town and the local surroundings. The society also hosts informative and entertaining talks about Lyme Regis’ history, architecture and people.

Anyone interested in joining should email Vicki Dixon on, or complete the online form at Alternatively, pop along to the next meeting at the Woodmead Halls from 2.30pm on Tuesday, September 25 when the talk will be History of Lyme Museum: Origins and Opportunities’ by Max Hebditch CBE, honorary curator.

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