William Caddy & Sons
William Caddy & Sons built Lyme Regis Museum. Although this building is what they are most remembered for, the company’s effect on Lyme in the early 20th Century was much more widespread.
Click the following link to read about his life and times: William Caddy and Sons – the Builders of Lyme Regis Museum
Henry Dinham Chard (1760-1847)
Henry Dinham Chard ran the Cobb shipbuilding yard from 1781-1812
To read about his life and times click the following link: Henry Dinham Chard
Sea defences – Lyme’s Battle with the Sea
Museum researcher Richard Bull details the history of the building of the Lyme’s sea defences.
Part 1 can be read by clicking the following link: Part 1 – The Cobb Breakwater
Part 2 can be read by clicking the following link: Part 2 – A Town on the brink
Please note these pdf files may take some time to download on a slow internet connection.
Sydney Jessett (1885-1961) was a prolific and gifted Lyme landscape artist. His work spanned the period from before his service in the First World War in Flanders to his time in Lyme, where he produced thousands of water colours of Lyme landscapes from 1939 to the 1950s.
To read about his life and work click the following link: Sydney Jessett – Lyme Landscape Artist
Sherborne House has occupied a commanding position on the corner of Broad Street and Sherborne Lane for over 300 years.
To learn more about its history and the people who have lived there, click the following link: Sherborne House
Sir Henry De La Beche in Lyme Regis
Sir Henry Thomas De La Beche was one of the leading geologists of the 19th century and founded the Geological Survey.
He lived in Lyme Regis for some years and was both very friendly with and supportive of Mary Anning. To read about his early life and connections to Lyme click the following link: Sir Henry de la Beche
Cyril Wanklyn – Historian of Lyme
Cyril Wanklyn (1864-1943) was, without doubt, one of Lyme’s greatest historians, ranking with the two other greats, George Roberts (1804-1860) and John Fowles (1926-2005). To read about Wanklyn’s life click the following link: People of Lyme – Cyril Wanklyn
King Edward 1st and Lyme Regis
Edward 1st granted Lyme it’s charter in 1284. This guaranteed the upward climb of the small fishing village of Lyme Regis and its development into a thriving medieval market town, amongst the foremost in the area.
An article was written by former Museum Education and Outreach Officer, Thea Hawksworth and can be read by clicking on the following link: Edward 1st, Lyme Regis and the Town Charter of 1284.
William Porter of Lyme Regis
William Porter, born January 2nd 1819, was the son of a Lyme Regis pilot. He was brought up in Lyme, where he lived all of his life. To read more about his life click on the following link: William Porter
Cyril Wanklyn and his “Lyme Leaflets”
Lyme’s great historian of the 20th Century and former curator of the Museum, Cyril Wanklyn, spent countless hours working on Lyme’s historic documents much of which he then documented in his books and leaflets. To read our article on him and his “Lyme Leaflets” click the following link: Lyme Leaflets
JRR Tolkien and the influence of Lyme Regis
As a boy, Tolkien spent many holidays in Lyme Regis and this influenced his development as both a writer and artist. To read our article on how Lyme influenced him click the following link: J.R.R. Tolkien and Lyme Regis
Rev Richard Penell of Porto and Lyme
Richard Pennell was a wine trader born in Porto who was later ordained in the Anglican Church and built the Anglican Chapel in Porto. He married Mrs Rebecca Hammett who had built Rosehill, the Regency villa on Silver Street. To read the article by Richard Bull click the following link: Richard Pennell of Porto and Lyme
The Listers at High Cliff
Much is written about the Listers in other places: this paper is about their holiday home, High Cliff, their life and achievements in Lyme Regis, the inspiration it gave them and how their lives linked Lyme Regis with their homes and aspirations elsewhere. To read the article by Richard Bull click the following link: The Listers at High Cliff
Monique Bellingham, Lyme’s Canadienne
Monique Bellingham’s was born in North America in the 18th Century which is very unusual for a long term resident of Lyme Regis. Her story is a fascinating tale covering the lives of one family over four generations and three thousand miles and, what’s more, she played an important role in the development of the town. To read the article by Keith Shaw click the following link: Monique Bellingham, Lyme’s Canadienne
George Vialls and the architecture of Cockmoile Square, Lyme Regis
George Vialls was the architect of Lyme Regis Guildhall, Lyme Regis Museum and many other significant buildings in Lyme Regis. This article is by Max Hebditch who was formerly the Director of the Museum of London and Honorary Curator of Lyme Regis Museum and is currently a Trustee of the Museum.
Click the following link to download the article: George Vialls