Talks Events programme restarted

The Society normally organises talks and other events throughout the year, but these have been postponed since March due to the Covid crisis.

We are pleased to announce that our talks resume in September with appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures.

Our postponed AGM will take place immediately before first talk on Tuesday September 22nd.

For further details please visit the Events page.

Lyme Regis Heritage Trail September 2019

This year Heritage Open Days take place over a 10 day period (13th – 22nd September 2019) where many historical buildings are open to the public. The Lyme Regis Society is promoting Lyme Regis and its architecture during this period with a ‘Lyme Regis Heritage Trail’ of buildings and spaces for residents and visitors to explore and enjoy. The Heritage Trail promotes both the town and local businesses and offers a family orientated activity during the month of September.

Places included in this year’s Lyme Regis Heritage Trail:

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th, 10am – 4pm
Belmont House, Pound Street.
John Fowles wrote the ‘French Lieutenant’s Woman’ here and this building is now cared for by the Landmark Trust and is available to hire.

Sunday 8th, Sunday 15th, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd, 10am – 5pm
Guildhall Hall, Church Street.
A barrel ceiling, wooden panelling and a host of history are included here with stunning views over the bay. The Town Council meets here and holds civic ceremonies such as Mayor Making. Also a wedding venue

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th, 10am – 4pm
The Church of England Cemetery Chapel, Charmouth Road.
Come and view the recently restored hand painted decorated walls and ceiling of this beautiful little chapel.

16th – 20th September, 11am – 5pm
Old Chapel – Alexandra Hotel, Pound Street.
Originally built as a private family chapel for the Dowager Countess Lady Poulett, who owned Poulett House, this now hosts weddings and events. Please come to the Alexandra reception first and a member of staff will escort you.

7th, 8th, 13th – 22nd September, 11am – 4pm
The Town Mill, Mill Lane off Coombe Street.
Built in the 1300s and open every day to demonstrate how a mill works and produce flour in front of your eyes, have a go at using a mill wheel yourself. See the huge wooden mill water wheel turn.

Saturday 7th, 10am -12pm & 2 – 4pm; 13th & 14th, 10am – 12pm; 18th & 19th, 2pm – 4pm
Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street.
Built in 1914 this simple chapel hosts an interesting history, a few surprises and a warm welcome.

Sunday 15th – Friday 20th, open all day, 2pm talks
St Michael the Archangel Church, Church Street.
This Grade I listed building has Saxon origins and now stands near the cliff edge. A fascinating interior with Jacobean carvings and intriguing inscriptions.

Open every day
The Sculpture Trail, Langmoor Gardens.
At each entrance there’s a map showing the modern sculptures installed in the gardens over the past 2 years, see if you can find them all.

Open every day 11.00am – 4.30pm
Town Mill Malthouse Gallery, Mill Lane off Coombe Street.
Free exhibitions in one of the restored Mill buildings. Artist Julie Oldfield’s ‘Luminous’ exhibition to 11th September along with Adrian Gray, the pioneer of stone balancing art.
From 12th September: ‘Change Matters’ 3 Artists: Pauline Lerry, Lesley Roberts and Siân Martin respond personally to a variety of environmental issues.

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

Ware Farm Planning Application Submitted

From: “Middleton, Amy” <>
Date: 15 February 2017 at 15:17:27 GMT
To: Chris-savory <>
Subject: Ware Farm

Dear Chris
I wanted to let you know that we have submitted the planning application for Ware Farm today. I have been told that it currently takes 1-2 weeks for applications to be registered. When it is live I will send you a link so it can be shared with the Lyme Regis Society.
Thank you for your help in enabling us to get to this stage.
Kind regards

Amy Middleton MSc MRICS
Estate Manager
South Somerset, West Dorset and Knightshayes

Ware Farm Restrictive Covenants Will Be In Place

On 16 Nov 2016, at 11:14, Middleton, Amy <> wrote:

Dear Chris

I can confirm that it is still our intention to place restrictive covenants on the site to ensure the detailed plans are adhered to.

Kind regards


Amy Middleton MSc MRICS
Estate Manager
South Somerset, West Dorset and Knightshayes
01392 883108

Dear Amy

One issue not covered in your letter is the question of a covenant placed on the development site requiring the purchaser to adhere to the detailed plans that the NT is submitting for planning approval.

During our discussions, Helen was very keen for such a covenant to be created, in order to create certainty regarding the actual house to be built. For our part the Society would wish to see this put in place as part of the sale particulars and embodied in the conveyance in due course.

I trust this remains the position of the NT and would like confirmation that this is indeed the intention.

Kind regards


Lyme Regis Society

Ware Farm proposed development

We have recently received a letter and drawings from the National Trust showing a new design for the Ware Farm proposed development. Please review the following documents for full information:

Ware Farm – Lyme Regis Society letter

Ware Farm – architectural drawings