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: April, 2016


Posted by Chris Lovejoy on Tuesday, April 26, 2016,
Sir Francis Walsingham was both Elizabeth1st's secretary from 1572 and MP for LymeRegis in the early years of her reign.  He was a  vehement anti-catholic who had a network of spies.  His spy in Lyme Regis was a man named Arthur Gregory who had a genius for opening letters and resealing them, which of course, in those day involved repairing the broken seal.  It is likely that he supplied at least some of the evidence to Walsingham of the alleged plot which led to the execution of Mary Queen o...
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Posted by Chris Lovejoy on Thursday, April 21, 2016,
When Sir George Somers, Mayor of Lyme Regis, Buccaneer, adventure seaman set sail for Virginia in 1609 he could hardly have imagined what would have happened.  A friend and business partner of Sir Walter Raleigh he was leading a fleet of 7 ships and 2 pinnacles (supply ships) to resupply the colonies Raleigh had set up in Virginia.  A storm blew up, ships were scattered.  His vessel, 'Sea Venture' was wrecked on the reefs of Bermuda.  Successfully, they managed to reach the shore without a si...
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James Mcneill Whistler in Lyme

Posted by Chris Lovejoy on Wednesday, April 6, 2016,
Whistler the American painter, wit and controversialist, stayed in Lyme for a year in the 1895. He did some beautiful sketches and portraits in Lyme, notably 'The Little Rose of Lyme Regis' - Rosie Rendall the 8 year old daughter of the town grocer and of Sam Govier, a blacksmith who had a forge near his studio in Broad Street.  The originals are in the Boston Museum of Art, but copies can be seen in our Museum here in Lyme.  He was certainly a brilliant painter and  great wit, rivalling some...
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