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Lyme Regis is a small fishing village with a population of 3,900 situated on the side of a hill in South West England where Dorset ends and Devon begins.  It looks out across the English Channel to the Continent.

Cobb pier embraces a small harbour at the Sourthern end of the village and includes a wet fish shop on the ground floor operated in 2005 by Simon Bennet. The limestone cliffs on either side of the town are the site of some of Britain’s richest sources of fossils and some of the first dinosaur skeletons in the world were discovered here.

Lyme Regis is one of England’s most interesting small coastal towns. Its position, as a small channel harbour offering safe anchorage, and the ease with which having made landfall, one could travel to any area south of West England, has ensured that it has always been at the forefront of the region’s history throughout the ages. Its topographical position, built upon some of the most unstable geographical formations and being constantly pounded by the sea, gave it its most famous feature The Cobb. 

First mentioned in 1294, the Cobb protects Lyme from the sea and it is because of it that ships were always able to make safe harbour. Thus the Cobb was directly responsible for the town’s wealth. The cannons on the Cobb’s North wall were used to protect the town from French privateers and later they were engaged to protect the town from the Royalist troops during the English Civil War in 1644. The Cobb is likewise a central feature in John Fowles novel ‘The French Lieutenant’s Women’ later made into an Oscar winning film.

n 1685 James Duke of Monmouth landed at Lyme on what is now called Monmouth Beach. Monmouth, who was the Bastard Son of Charles II, set out to overthrow James II and claim the throne of England for himself. Having landed at Lyme he set out gathering followers from across the West Country in support of his cause. The rebellion failed at Sedgemoor resulting in the execution of Monmouth and many of his followers throughout  the West Country under Judge Jeffreys.

In 1750 fashionable society started to descend on Lyme as an alternative to Bath including Jane Austen who first visited in 1803. The destructive nature of the sea has exposed rich fossil beds to the East and West of the town. At low tide you can walk across the beaches picking up up to 20 different ammonites alone.

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Looking through to Main Street Lyme Regis

Main Street Lyme Regis

Street descending down the hill to Cobb Harbour

Wet Fish Shop - Cobb Harbour

Wet Fish Display

Cobb Harbour in evening
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Cobb Harbour Rescue Boat Upper Lyme Village
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   The town of Arundel

The seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle has been open to visitors seasonally for nearly 200 years.  It is one of the Treasure Houses of England, each having its own unique place in history and is home to priceless works of art.

There are nearly 1,000 years of history at this great castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex and built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel.

Apart from the occasional reversion to the Crown, Arundel Castle has descended directly from 1138 to the present day, carried by female heiresses from the d'Albinis to the Fitzalans in the 13th century and then from the Fitzalans to the Howards in the 16th century and it has been the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for over 850 years. From the 15th to the 17th centuries the Howards were at the forefront of English history, from the Wars of the Roses, through the Tudor period to the Civil War. Among the famous members of the Howard family are the 2nd Duke of Norfolk (1443-1524), the victor of Flodden, Lord Howard of Effingham, who with Sir Francis Drake repelled the Armada in 1588, the Earl of Surrey, the Tudor poet and courtier, and the 3rd Duke of Norfolk (1473-1554), uncle of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, both of whom became wives of King Henry VIII (1491-1547).

These were politically dangerous times: the 'Poet' Earl was executed in 1547; his father, the 3rd Duke of Norfolk only escaped the death penalty because King Henry VIII died the night before the execution was due and the 4th Duke (1536-72) was beheaded for plotting to marry Mary Queen of Scots. There have been two cardinals and a saint in the Howard family; St Philip Howard, 13th Earl of Arundel (1557-95) died in the Tower of London for his faith. By contrast, his son, the 'Collector' 14th Earl (1585-1646), as his nickname suggests, was responsible for many of the treasures which can be seen today.  The results of all this history are concentrated at the Castle, which houses a fascinating collection of fine furniture dating from the 16th century, tapestries, clocks, and portraits by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Mytens, Lawrence, Reynolds, Canaletto and others. Personal possessions of Mary, Queen of Scots and a selection of historical, religious and heraldic items from the Duke of Norfolk's collection are also on display.

During the Civil War (1642-45), the Castle was badly damaged when it was twice besieged, first by Royalists who took control, then by Cromwell's Parliamentarian force led by William Waller. Nothing was done to rectify the damage until about 1718 when Thomas, the 8th Duke of Norfolk (1683-1732) carried out some repairs. Charles Howard, the 11th Duke (1746-1815), known to posterity as the 'Drunken Duke' and friend of the Prince Regent subsequently carried out further restoration.

 


Bodmin Moor Park Waterfornt Street St Ives Waterfront St Ives Narrow St Ives Streets Lands End Coastline at Lands End
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The A30 cuts across the centre of Bodmin Moor from Launceston. Bodmin Moor is Cornwall’s Roof, a high heath pock-marked with bogs and giant tors like those on Dartmoor rising above the wild landscape. Brown Willy (419 m) and Rough Tor (400 m) are the highest. There is a a windmill power generating farm with around 30 windmills turning in the stiff (and very cold) breeze on Bodmin Moor.  

St Ives - Luminous, captivating St Ives has a harbour which must once have been important, but it seems forgotten now, eclipsed by other attractions. The iridescent sea, fine beaches (with real sand) and steep alleyways don’t just draw tourists either. These attributes are magnetic for artists, who’ve been painting and sculpting here since Turner visited in 1811; in 1993 Tate St Ives, a branch of the famous art gallery, opened. Countless galleries and craft shops line narrow streets, and there are plenty of excellent Restaurants and guesthouses here. St Ives is 8 miles from Penzance and 277 miles from London

Standing at the very tip of this island, gazing out over the vast expanse of the Atlantic, is quite a magical experience. The coast on either side is some of the most spectacular in England. Lands End is 9 miles from Penzance, 886 miles from John O’Groats, the far north of England.

Interestingly, during construction of the new lifeboat station adjacent to the Parish Church, the contractors excavated a peat bog, which is surprising when one considers the excavations were in St. Ives Harbour.

In 1549 during the Prayer Book Revolution the Provost Marshall came to St. Ives and invited the Mayor, Mr John Payne, to lunch at the old George and Dragon. He asked the Mayor to have the gallows erected during lunch. After lunch the Mayor and the Provost Marshall walked down to the gallows, the Provost Marshall ordered the Mayor to get up on the gallows whereupon the Mayor was hanged for being a Roman Catholic.

The importance of the town grew with the development of the Harbour and many ships plied between St. Ives and every part of the world. Arthur Guinness, the brewer, used to sell beer to a Captain Sampson who brought the beer back as deck cargo and sold draught Guinness to his regulars in his pub on Skidden Hill, now a hotel.

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