A Royal Charter
Lyme was granted a mercantile guild and two members of Parliament. The signatories of the two documents read like a who's who of Medieval power-brokers of the time. Under the royal charter, no goods were allowed to pass through the town without being audited by the town's authorities and powerful mercantile guild.
Pirates and Smugglers
Robert Louis Stevenson was inspired by the coast of Dorset to write his classic, Treasure Island, based on the stories and rumours that filtered through from the old sea-dogs, gentleman explorers and Treasury agents who passed through the area because of its rich trade activity.
The high level of official interest in the town's comings and goings made the pirates and smugglers more resourceful, and there is no better example than Isaac Gulliver, the King of the Smugglers. He reputedly never killed a man, yet managed to retire from his pirate lifestyle as a respectable citizen with lands and properties across the home counties.
Castles and Burial Mounds
For those interested in slightly more modern remains, there is the spectacular ruin of Corfe Castle. Much of what must have been a truly fabulous Norman fortification is still visible, perched atop a hill. Despite its derelict state, it is perhaps the most breathtaking example of Norman castle-building left in the world.
The Jurassic Coast
All in all, Lyme-Regis is a beautifully preserved piece of history, and staying here is almost like having access to a time machine. You are never more than a short walk or car journey away from genuine, living history.
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