Author Archives: Paul Mellor

Patrick Mahoney – Lyme Regis Coastguard 1881 – 1891

We recently received an email from Pat Mahoney in New Zealand seeking help from us in his family tree research. His great great grandfather Patrick was in command of the Lyme Division of the Coast Guard until his retirement in 1891. After some research we were able to confirm that the Mahoney family lived in the building now occupied by the Hix Town House in Pound Street next door to the Regent Cinema. The 1881 census shows Patrick, his wife and 7 children, plus one servant at the address.

Ware Farm Update

From: “Middleton, Amy” <>
Date: 13 November 2018 at 09:39:33 GMT
To: PeterCoe <>
Subject: Improved field access off Ware Lane

Dear Peter

I wrote to The National Trust’s immediate neighbours at Ware Lane yesterday to notify them that we are submitting a planning application to improve the field access. I have attached a copy of the letter and would be grateful if you could share it with members of the Lyme Regis Society.

Kind regards


Ware Farm Access letter
Ware Farm Access track plan

Launch of the Lyme Regis Society’s Historic Houses part 4 – 19th July 2018

On Thursday 19th July, The Fine Foundation Learning Centre, the Lyme Regis Museum’s prestigious educational space played host to the launch of the latest in a series of Historic Houses books detailing the history of some of Lyme’s most remarkable architecture.

David Tucker the Museum’s Director, welcomed the Mayoress Michaela Ellis and her consort Alan Ellis to the launch. Peter Coe, the Lyme Regis Society Chairman invited two of the authors, Keith Shaw and Audrey Standhaft, to speak about their inspiration for their articles.

Historic Houses part 4 features a range of articles on local buildings with fascinating illustrations of maps, diagrams and early photographs.  Many buildings and places have changed little over the years and can still be spotted as you walk around the town.

Historic Houses part 4, priced at £1.95, is available at many local shops, including:  Amid Idols and Giants, The Alexandra Hotel, The Black Dog, The Cobb newspaper shop, Felicity’s farm shop, Lyme Regis Museum, The Mariners Hotel, Serendip and the Tourist Information Centre.


Raising the Stars and Stripes on the 4th July

On the corner of Woodmead Road and Silver Street there’s a house that had a very special role in World War II.  In 1944 the house was home to ‘C’ company of the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st United States Infantry Division.  ‘C’ company, commanded by Captain Victor H Briggs, was part of the assault force led by Lieutenant General Omar Bradley on Omaha beach on D-Day, 6th June 1944 in Normandy France.

A commemorative plaque to the right of the front door reminds us of our Allies’ contribution to the D-Day push. The Americans suffered 2,400 casualties at Omaha on 6th June, but by the end of the day they had landed 34,000 troops whilst under heavy fire.

The plaque includes a flag holder which is hung with a poppy wreath every 4th July and the United States flag is flown for the whole day.

So how does the flag get there? The Lyme Regis Society holds a U.S. flag and in the early morning of every 4thJuly ensures that Lyme Regis pays tribute to our American Allies.

Ware Farm update

On 18 May 2018, at 15:27, Middleton, Amy <> wrote:

Dear Peter

Lyme Regis Society members may already be aware that the site at Ware Farm was not taken to auction on the 10th May.

The decision has been made to withdraw it from auction this spring. There is a new management team in place in West Dorset and we are taking the opportunity to review the access to the site and the future management. We want to get this right before the plot is sold and it may mean making some improvements to our alternative access off Ware Lane. We still intend to sell the plot later on in 2018 and will let you know when we have a new date for the auction.

Kind regards

Amy Middleton MSc MRICS
Estate Manager
South Somerset and North and West Dorset