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ISBN: 9781841142388
AUTHOR: Rodney Legg
The Book of Lyme Regis (pdf e-book)
The Book of Lyme Regis (pdf e-book)
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Thanks to its Cobb harbour, as the gem in a scenic setting, Lyme is arguably Dorset's most beautiful town. The beneficial accident of unstable geology conspires to maintain the claim. Lyme slopes and slides towards the sea and the sun. Unsuitable developments are liable to slip into the bay as the earth yields up the best museum-standard fossils in Britain and Europe.

Lyme, with its nature-sanctuary undercliff managed by English Nature and expanses of wild National Trust land, provided at least half the justification for Devon and Dorset's Jurassic coast winning the ultimate accolade of World Heritage Site status.

The Book of Lyme Regis is a story of a people as well as their community, from the most prominent figures in the town's history - Jane Austen, Eleanor Coade, Sir Joseph Lister and John Fowles, to name but a few - to the unsung stalwarts and heroes of the community. Among them are the many who have contributed to the history of heroism offshore and whose acts serve to point to the poignancy of the inscription on one of St Michael's Parish Church world-record-breaking bells 'O Sea, Spare Me.'

Having walked every path in the county, Rodney Legg founded Dorset County Magazine in 1968, and has been writing local books for the past three decades. Numerous visits to Lyme Regis resulted from his collaboration with John Fowles to transcribe and publish John Aubrey's Monumenta Britannica, Britainís oldest archaeological manuscript. Then, in 1981, he acquired the original signed letter from the King's Court at Pembroke College, Oxford, in which Charles I gave the order for the siege of Lyme Regis in 1644. The author donated this and other unique Lyme documents to the town's Philpot Museum.

He was also able to find the town's first known landscape photograph, taken in the 1850s, apparently by 'photographic artists' the Misses Bennett of the Butter Market.

The Book of Lyme Regis is the culmination of extensive research drawn from a wealth of sources in the region's archives and museums, as well as face-to-face interviews.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 238 8, digital download, 297x210mm, 160 pages, and over 300 historic photographs, maps and illustrations. Published 2003. Digital Downlaod January 2013.

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