At 8.30 yesterday the 21st of April many of us residents and visitors gathered in Theatre Square to be entertained by the Town Band and the hospitality of the Theatre bar while we waited for the lighting of our Beacon on Back Beach by the Mayor.  At 8.50pm as scheduled, the Charmouth beacon illuminated the night sky and we made our way over to Back Beach to watch the main event in Lyme.

Beacons were used in the past as part of sea defences, notably from 1799 prepared and ready for lighting to warn of the expected Napoleonic invasion.  Fortunately this was was scuppered by Nelson at Trafalgar in 1805. 

In a more sinister use of beacons wreckers along the Cornish coast in the 18th century used the light to lure ships on to rocks from where they could be plundered. Yesterday, however, was a joyful opportunity to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.


One of the joys of starting a new season is being able to introduce visitors to new events or discoveries. For example, Belmont, the home of Eleanor Coade, the 18th century entrepreneur (see earlier post)and author John Fowles has now been beautifully restored by the Landmark Trust. It is well worth the walk up Pound Street to see what a beautiful job they have done.

Browsing Archive: March, 2012

Lyme History Walks pays tribute to an 18th century female entrepreneur

Posted by Chris Lovejoy on Thursday, March 22, 2012,
In this month of March, which featured World Women’s Day, a friend asked me if I knew of any historic female entrepreneurs with connections to Lyme Regis. Well, there is one person in particular who springs to mind.

Eleanor Coade was born in 1733 to a prominent family with connections in Lyme and Exeter. The family wealth was made through wool and clay. Eleanor became particularly interested in the clay side of the business and in 1769 established a partnership with a Daniel Pincot in Lamb...

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Lyme History Walks visits the Tudor House

Posted by Chris Lovejoy on Monday, March 12, 2012,
Last Thursday artist Lindzi West kindly gave me a tour of her house, formerly known as the Tudor House, now the Mermaid B & B.

This is one of the oldest merchant houses dating from Lyme's most prosperous era, around 1580. Many original features remain including huge Elizabethan beams, reputably sourced from shipwrecked vessels of the Spanish Armada. The magnificent wooden staircase is ...

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Sherlock Holmes visits Lyme Regis

Posted by Chris Lovejoy on Sunday, March 11, 2012,

This week I’ve had the great pleasure of finishing local author David Ruffles’ second Sherlock Holmes adventure set in Lyme Regis – “Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis legacy”.

David masterfully captures the style of the original author giving a vibrant, convincing tone to the dialogue between Watson and Holmes. His love of Lyme Regis shines through in his choice of characters, attention to historical accuracy and references to local places and events. Moreover, as well as the main...

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