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'Signs of History'
  is a book of four walks around the historic signs, notable buildings and literary connections of the town. The book is published by The Lyme Regis Society and can be bought from Serendip, Lyme Regis Museum, Tourist Information, Felicity’s Farm Shop at Morecombelake, Rousden Garage, Archway Bookshop in Axminster and The Book Shop in Bridport.
'Historic Houses of Lyme Regis'


  Booklets about the historic buildings of the town. The first two in an ongoing series are:
Part 1
includes The Anning House, The Guildhall, The Parish Church, The Town Mill, The (so called) Leper’s Well, The Regent Cinema, The Peek Memorial Chapel, The Grove, Belmont, 6 Cobb Road and The Captain’s House.
Part 2 contains Sundial House, Library Cottage, The Philpot Museum, The Victoria Hall, The (new) Three Cups, Aveline House, The Great House, The Retreat, Westhill and The Catholic Church.
The books are published by The Lyme Regis Society and can be bought from Serendip, Lyme Regis Museum, Tourist Information, Felicity’s Farm Shop at Morecombelake, Rousden Garage, Archway Bookshop in Axminster and The Book Shop in Bridport. Also included are QR-codes which give fast internet links to relevant web-sites, English Heritage listing information and colour photographs of the buildings.
“Lyme Nostalgia”  

A walk down memory lane...
will remind Lyme Regis residents of days gone by, with a varied collection of nostalgic pictures for locals to reminisce over.  The book  is the second by local amateur photographer Paul Starck. The first was of his own images but the new book shows a selection of old Lyme photos which he has collected since moving to the town over 10 years ago.  He intends to share more of his collection through a number of similar books in the future.  To order  email 


'All In a Day’s Work'

Rosie, the former harbourmaster’s dog, is
childrens’ book ‘star’


Rosie, the border collie pet of Lyme Regis previous harbourmaster Grahame Forshaw, is the ‘star’ of a new children's’ book.

The book, All In a Day’s Work, has been produced by author Nick Walton and illustrator Mike Riggs and is now available at the RNLI’s harbour-side shop.  Nick, 71, a retired teacher, has a yacht in Lyme Regis harbour and got to know Grahame Forshaw and Rosie during visits to the Cobb.

The book features Rosie’s adventures including trips on the harbourmaster’s boat and how she helped to rescue a little boy who fell into the water.  In real life, Rosie spends many hours in the harbourmaster’s office and around the Cobb where she is a great favourite with visitors as she accompanies Grahame during his duties.

Nick said: ”As  a boat owner I know Grahame and Rosie and thought the pair would make a great subject for my second children's’ book.”  Nick’s first book, Dolphins and Mackerel, is about a fishing trip in Lyme Bay with proceeds going to the lifeboat charity.  Speaking for Rosie, Grahame said: ”We both think the book is delightful.  Rosie loves children and we think they will enjoy the little book.”

'Jubilee Lyme' Book and DVD 
  A souvenir photographic and film record of Lyme's most memorable weekend.  from 'The View from Lyme' offices

'The Branch Lines of Devon'

Branch lines from the golden age of steam

TWO long-lamented Axe Valley branch lines, from the golden age of steam, are remembered in a new book for train buffs.
Axminster’s one-time railway links with both Seaton and Lyme Regis are prominently featured the new work by historian Colin G Maggs. 
The Branch Lines of Devon provides a marvellously wide-ranging view of over 160 years of rail travel in the county and begins with a history of the famous Bluebell line between Axminster and Lyme Regis. The author tells how work on the track began in 1900 but the engineers soon encountered some tricky problems along the way.  The Branch Lines of Devon is an absorbing and well researched book packed with black and white photographs celebrating the golden age of the railways, as well as featuring the continuing success story of the Seaton Electric Tramway which continues to carry thousands of passengers along the tracks. 

Colin Maggs is a highly respected authority on railways, having written more than 80 books about them. He has also appeared on radio and TV and in 1993 he received the MBE for services to railway history.

“Toppy Tours the Dinosaurs”

Bermuda Author Celebrates Lyme Regis Ties


The 400-year-old links between the Bermuda and the British
coastal town of Lyme Regis – birthplace of the “Sea Venture’s” Admiral Sir George Somers– are celebrated in a new children’s book by Bermudian artist/writer Betsy Mulderig.

The Bermudian children’s author honour Bermuda’s connections with Lyme Regis in her latest release “Toppy Tours the Dinosaurs”, set in the West Dorset town.

Ms Mulderigg — author of the long-running Bermudian children’s book series about the adventures of Tiny The Tree Frog — introduces a new character in her latest book. In In the new volume, tourist dinosaur Toppy visits Lyme Regis’ Jurassic Coast, where he discovers how he gained all of his personality traits from his ancestors.

“Toppy Tours the Dinosaurs” is now on sale in Lyme Regis.  It is the first book in a series that will see Toppy touring dinosaur touring children around Palma, Paris, Venice and London in the near future. Toppy will show a child various sights in different cities and teach them, as well, to speak a few words of those cities’ languages.

Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Legacy
Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Horror

  By David Ruffle  The year is 1898. Doctor Watson is once more in Lyme Regis to visit the lady in his life, Mrs Beatrice Heidler. A gruesome death with echoes of one of Sherlock Holmes previous cases brings Holmes himself down to Dorset. In the company of an old friend, they encounter an old enemy with vengeance on his mind. A tale of revenge, violent deaths and plum puddings.

“The Friendly Invasion”


Described as a “drama-documentary”, this book recounts one of the most disturbing war-time incidents in Lyme Regis.  Prior to the D-Day landings hundreds of American GIs were stationed in the town and on the night that Jimmy Cagney entertained the troops in the Marine Theatre there was a riot in The Square between the white and black troops.  The book combines fact with fiction in telling a series of stories about the impact of the GIs on Lyme and its people. The riot did happen but was quickly hushed up by the authorities.  £5.99 from Serendip Books, Broad Street.

Meet the Ecosaurs

   Meet the Ecosaurs is a story, which introduces local Jurassic Coast dinosaurs and other creatures. Written by Lyme resident Janis Lane and illustrated by Somerset-based Jennifer Crabb, the book uses historically accurate information as a backdrop for a fantastic storyline, which will thrill, fascinate and educate children in equal measure.

An Aerial Journey Through Time

  By Robert Westwood,  aerial photography by Peter Sills: A bird's eye view of 95 miles of Dorset and East Devon's Jurassic Coast

“Sir Winston Churchill –
His Life and His Paintings”

  Minnie Churchill, formerly married to Sir Winston’s grandson and director of Churchill Heritage,  co-authored this book with David Coombs.  The book, which carries a foreword by Mary Soames, tells the story of his life through his own pictures. Published with the full co-operation of Sir Winston’s family, this is the only definitive book on Churchill’s paintings.

Dorset Coast from the Air

  More than 120 aerial images from Lyme Regis to Christchurch.  Publishers Halsgrove

'Lyme Matters' 
A year in the life of Lyme RegisA new book by local journalist  PHILIP EVANS

  LYME REGIS town has a colourful history, a fiercely independent nature and close community spirit. The year 2007 was not a momentous one for Lyme Regis - few years are -  but Lyme Matters provides a unique insight into a year in the life of a small, seaside town, as seen through the columns of local newspaper editor PHILIP EVANS. It chronicles the achievements of the people of Lyme Regis and its many differing interests, the petty politicking so prevalent in all small communities and the sheer joy in living in such a beautiful part of the world. 

'Some True Stories about Mary Anning'

  by Jo Draper, illustrated by Paul Thompson, ideal for children, available from Lyme Regis Museum

'Beyond the Vale'

by Ron Frampton featuring the work of 20 West Country Photographers and giving valuable insights into interesting characters and places in Axminster & Lyme Regis

 The Tide Turns

  Some significant moments in the lives of Lyme people.  Published by PE Media Ltd  in aid of the ArtsFest in October 2006

Mary Anning's Town - Lyme Regis

  An exploration of the Lyme Regis that famous fossilist Mary Anning knew, by Jo Draper. Published by Dorset County Council Printing Services

'The Book of Uplyme'

  by Gerald Gosling and Jack Thomas

'Rock Pooling Around Lyme Regis'

   by acclaimed naturalist and fossil hunter Dr Colin Dawes:
'Wild Dorset
The Year in Photographs'
  by Colin Varndell published by Dovecote Press

'Bird Watching,
Where Dorset Meets Devon'

  by Dr Colin Dawes author/illustrator: 
Illustrated Tourist Map of
 Lyme Regis
  Pocket size: published by the Lyme Regis Society. available from the Tourist Office, Museum, Post Office, Serendip Books and the Town Mill shop.
Exploring the Undercliffs'   Commemorates the 50th anniversary of the site's reserve status.  Geology and wildlife by Donald Campbell published by Coastal Publishing
'Electric Lyme'   We used to turn the street lights off to save money" How Lyme Regis became the first town in Dorset to have electricity and how the town came to grips with the 20th Century by Martin Roundell Greene
'Once Upon a Rhyme'    Winners of the 2004 Young Writers competition featuring work by several pupils from Lyme Regis Primary School
'100 Ways to Take Better Landscape Photographs'   by Guy Edwards: Practical advice on photographing local Dorset scenes from dc.direct@davidcharles.co.uk
St Michael's Recipe Booklet   only £1, proceeds to St Michael's School for new books for their older pupils. Tel 442588
Lyme Regis Photographic Memories'   by Rodney Legg with photographs from the Francis Frith Collection  Tel 01722 716376
'Animal Magic'   by Richard Austin Lyme Regis photographer:  captivating photos of pet and wildlife
'More Animal Magic':   Richard Austin; even more amazing shots of wildlife
"Roaming Lyme's Landscape"    Describes all of the footpaths in a roughly five mile radius of Lyme. Full directions are given along with notes. A coloured map of the footpaths, along with their County identification number, is included. published by the Lyme Regis Society priced at  available from the Tourist Office, Museum, Post Office, Serendip Books and the Town Mill shop.
'Thomas Coram, Gent'   About the Lyme-born philanthropist who set up the Foundling Hospital for orphans in London in 1739.  Written by Dame Gillian Wagner, published by Boydell and Brewer
'Dogs and Puppies'    Wonderful images of man's best friend by Richard Austin  Publishers
'The Town Mill, Lyme Regis:  Archaeology and  History  AD1340 - 2000'   A history of Lyme Regis Town Mill By Jo Draper and Martin Watts
'Images of England-
Around Bridport and Lyme Regis'
  By Gerald Gosling and Les Berry: Tempus Publishing 01453 883300
My Patch - Badgers of a Dorset Village   Geoff Marsh - a  former Beaminster resident - has produced a visual feast about badgers. published by Ryelands Publishing from Halsgrove Direct or local stockists
'A Thousand Years of Milling'     by Martin Watts
'The Jurassic Coast'   Video by Colin Froud of Divercol Productions

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