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Lyme Regis Society news

Our Honoured Citizen

On Saturday 2nd June, following the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Parade through Lyme, the Society’s long serving ex-Chairman, Bernard Spencer, was made an Honoured Citizen of the town for his service to the Town through the Lyme Regis Society. The pictures below show Mayor Sally Holman presenting Bernard with his well earned award. Good work Bernard!!







The Society was well represented in the parade. Molly Spencer supported Bernard at the head of the parade with others, shown below after the event, joined the main body of marchers.








More pictures of the Parade and Awards Ceremony can be seen on Peter Wile’s site,

Poundbury, Urban Triumph or Disaster?

Love it or hate it, Poundbury produces different reactions in everyone. On Tuesday 24th April, Martin Pakes of the Crewkerne Civic Society will give a talk on the subject which will, no doubt, lead to an interesting discussion.

Everyone is welcome to the talk, at Woodmead Halls, which will cost £1.50 including refreshments and will follow the Society’s AGM which starts at 2.30pm.

Banksy in Lyme Regis

A visitor to the Museum on Saturday announced that there was anew piece of  Banksy graffiti art in Lyme Regis!  It didn’t take long to find out that it is a tasteful picture of an origami wading bird with fish in beak and is located by the river where Coombe Street meets Mill Green. A picture is given below but it really requires a visit to see it in situ.Banksy picture in Lyme Regis

Here we have an interesting conundrum. We celebrate Lyme’s connection to art both old and new but does graffiti art fit into a conservation area? If you have any thoughts then please comment below.

Localism, The Lymiad, Barn Owls and Boat Building

The latest edition of the Society’s Newsletter, All Over the Town is out!

It has articles on Planning issues, Affordable Housing, Localism, The Barn Owl Trust and Lyme Regis’s Boat Building Academy. There is also a book review of The Lymiad, a Peep into Lyme Past and information about new books, our future events and those of the Friends of the Museum.

If you are a member of the Society then it should be dropping through your letter box any day now. If you are not a member but interested to see the Newsletter then you may be lucky enough to find one at Lyme’s TIC or Library.

We also have a request for information. The Society owns the painting on the left. It is of Pound Street in the winter of 1962/3.

We know it was painted by Kathleen A Mason-Martin but we would like to know more. If you have any information about the painting or Mrs Mason-Martin then please contact us.

Enjoy your read!

“Signs of History” in shops now!

A new edition of Signs of History, the Society’s book of walks round the historic signs, notable buildings and literary connections of Lyme Regis is now in the shops. The new full colour version has four walks and a section on Cobb Gate past and present.
Learn about the town’s history on series of pleasant strolls. Did you know:

  • that the town was once threatened by a French fleet,
  • where Henry Fielding tried to abduct Sarah Andrew
  • who founded the British Geological Survey
  • or where the Fossil Depot was located

these and many, many more facts about Lyme’s history, Mary Anning, Jane Austen and John Fowles are included in the book. Currently on sale at the Museum, Serendip, the TIC and other locations for £3.99


Appeal launched to save Belmont

Belmont - the former home of both Eleanor Coade and John Fowles

The Landmark Trust has launched an appeal to raise £2.1m to save one of Lyme’s most important houses. Belmont, the former home of Eleanor Coade and John Fowles has been found to be in a far worse state of repair than was thought when the Trust gained planning permission to return it to its prime as an 18th Century maritime villa. Visit the Landmark Trust‘s web-site to get more information.

New Lyme Regis Society Web-site

The Lyme Regis Society are pleased to announce that they have a new web-site.

Please look here for information about the Society’s events and activities.

Please browse our new site but please be patient whilst we upload content.