THE ROUTE  has been carefully selected for easy, level walking.

From our meeting place at the Marine Theatre, overlooking Lyme Bay, we will discuss the effects of Lyme's geographic isolation, it's role as a major Elizabethan port, and the origins of the Cobb.

Proceeding over Gun Cliff to the Guildhall we will relive the heroic events of the 1644 Siege of Lyme, learn about the Charter, how we got the "Regis" and the right to send 2 MPs to parliament right up until the 1832 Reform Act!

Passing some of the town's oldest houses along the Butter Market we'll hear tales of 18th century scandal and skulduggery, involving a youthful Henry Fielding.

Arriving at St. Michael's Church meet Lyme born social reformer Thomas Coram,  who founded London's first orphanage - the Foundling Hospital, plus some famous smugglers, who even had their own uniform.  We will also pay hommage to Mary Anning, the famous 'fossilist' buried in the churchyard.

Across the road in Georges Square the story of the Duke of Monmouth's 1685 tragi-comic bid for his uncle's throne and its terrible consequences will be re-enacted.

Continuing down Combe Street we will learn about Lyme's years of decline, the building of the first Carriage Road and rebirth as a fashionable resort and tourist destination.

Now, back on the seafront Georgian Lyme with its splendid Assembly Rooms, will be revived.  Here Jane Austin danced, Franz Lizt gave a piano recital and polite society gossiped and played cards.

Finally, tales of a celebrated pub dog and the many colourful characters who strode down Broad Street from Victorian times to the present day including William Wilberforce, the American painter James Mcneill Whistler, who did some remarkable portraits in the town, the future King Edward V11th, authors Beatrix Potter, Tolkein,  John Fowles...and many more.

Boats at Lyme Regis

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